Michael Cass explores all of the good intentions behind sprawling on to Bells Bend including the May family's unreliable guarantees that development will both begin and end with May Town Center.
If conserving most of Bells Bend is a good thing, why is conserving all of it not the best thing? Or to put it another way, if Metro allows bridges and developments to happen on part of Bells Bend now, what's to keep future developers from asking Metro for future exceptions to the conservation zoning the Mays intend for the green spaces now?
May Town Place looks like the first nibble in a sustained line of death-by-nibbles. Money is not the savior. Airtight, ironclad conservation restrictions are.