An alternative vision of the area where the controversial May Town Center is proposed could generate more than $23 million a year in economic activity from farming, tourism and recreational uses, economists hired by a group of residents write in a new report ....Opponents are not the slick marketers that Tony Giarratana's white-collar shock troops are on the future of Bells Bend. They have less money and less pull in the government and with the media, and so their proposal is oftened drowned out. It is no less real.
As an alternative, they envision preserving 4,000 acres of farmland and establishing the corridor to Beaman Park as a cultural and historical center, a recreational hub and/or a local attraction. Possible uses include a conference/retreat center and musical performances.
"We're trying to respond to the claim that this giant development is needed for economic benefit, and if we don't do this, it's a big zero out there," Scottsboro resident and May Town Center opponent Barry Sulkin said. "It's not a zero. And it doesn't cost much to try."
Monday, June 22, 2009
About Time the Media Spotlighted the Economic Potential of the Bells Bend Alternative to May Town Center
According to the Tennessean, May Town Center opponents are not intolerant do-nothings courting economic and development "disaster":