PiTW's Caleb Hannan points out that the Metro Planning Commission (a.k.a., our Planning Commission), has just received a bribe with the blessing of the Metro Council (a.k.a., our Metro Council), proving once again that democracy can always be bought out:
Bells Landing Partners, the developers behind May Town, just awarded the city $125,000 for "an independent transportation study and an economic analysis." Translation: Since you obviously won't take our word for it, we're going to hire some smart guys to tell you how wonderful we are. What's even better: The city doesn't even need to pony up their own cash. Bells Landing is doing this all out of the goodness of their own heart. Hooray!My own realistic streak tells me that this study will merely present an excuse for the Planning Commission to buck public opinion and run with the developers once again.
Of course, Independent Study is an oxymoron on par with jumbo shrimp. Telling someone what they don't want to hear is bad for business. So you'll never read an Independent Study that says "don't build." More often than not, said Study will prove that the people who paid for it are merely benevolent servants of the city. Out for a profit, sure, but more interested in delivering the thousands of jobs and millions in spending that will undoubtedly come if you help them turn this farm into a parking lot.