a proposed development on Bells Bend will rear its head again. Developer Tony Giarratana, who is a consultant to the May family on the proposed mixed-use development, promised as much last year.I suppose the idea that urban development and rural environment are incommensurate still has not occurred to him.
Metro Planning received the transportation and financial impact studies staff commissioned several months ago. Giarratana and the May family likely will have new ways to counter the opposition from the (distant) neighbors to the acreage on Bells Bend.
Maybe some organic farming gets under way or those on the Bend who expressed interest in starting such farms on their own property will be shown how their business could actually thrive with captive audience in a nearby dense development.
Perhaps the incentives for a headquarters relocation to the project would include a condition that all the produce its cafeteria uses come from organic farms on the Bend. Or the Mays could ensure that space is set aside for a co-op store for the Bend's organic farmers.
Such talk may not be able to persuade the opponents, however.
UPDATE: In his responses to my criticisms over the past couple of years, Lawson has insisted over and over that I misrepresent him as an advocate for developers when he is, he claims, neutral between neighborhoods and development. But his argument today is consistent with what he has opined in the past, and you do not have to read it closely to see plainly that his one incontrovertible, non-negotiable presumption is that a second Downtown should be built on Bells Bend. So, he is really not open to negotiation at all. The suggestion that the developers offer to buy produce from local farmers is a proverbial carrot dangled for a few literal carrots. Once urban development and the inevitable sprawl buy out or drive out the organic farmers, then there is no benefit left and one of America's last urban farmlands will be extinct. There is no neutrality in Richard Lawson's reporting: it indicates that he believes that a second Downtown in place of the rolling agricultural environment of the Bend is best.