1. Fernando Centeno says

    Still, these good intentions aren’t good enough; it sounds like the consultants & politicians just want to make it look authentic, but isn’t. You don’t go deep & broad enough to make a real difference, & that’s because you — the planning-politico-real estate establishment — do not have the credentials, interest, or commitment to make policy changes where needs are greatest.

    Let’s talk about generational structural issues; where is this expertise? Who is going to this “hard work”? It won’t be the usual folks, because they won’t be around, they’ve moved on. There are NO consequences for poor results. You rely too much on The Chamber approach, rather than upon field-experienced community economic development practitioners, NOT the usual “urban” planners, designers, & architects. Rather than the usual built environment, it’s all about human capital development, period.

    There is no such thing as “private sector economic development”, which is the conventional view. We’re way behind the curve & don’t even know it, & that’s the truth of it.

  2. Generally plans are too grandiose for the market. Reality seems to be ignored. The need is to expose the reality and set the plan to it. Often that means a new definition of the “place”..often something smaller than the historical “place” and this can be painful for city officials and residents alike.

    • Fernando Centeno says

      Thanks for your contribution, good points there. You are a seed-planter, whose fruits will sprout down the road. All the best,



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