Jaxx wrote on May 9, 2015, 06:46:
The people having to pay the price for this are those of lower incomes. There have been multiple instances of fixed income apartment buildings being sold and remodeled. This forces ALL the tenants out and of course are told they can have their apt back, for three times the rent they were paying.
And lastly, politically we are a cesspool. What the citizens want, doesn't matter. The businesses are what matter for the most part. because they want more room, they tear down historical sections of town and reduce the amount of parking. They push for more public transportation, but push the bill on the tax payers.
It honestly sucks to see this city beautiful going the way it is.
Hate to say it, but the other options are either a) make the city so unappealing that nobody wants to live there (Detroit) or b) accede to what you're saying and basically turn the city into a giant gated community - anybody living in there currently can probably continue doing so at their level of income, but anybody moving to the area will face stratospheric property prices (San Francisco).
Ultimately, both the people AND the businesses matter. Without the former, the city withers - without the latter it either hollows out or becomes an irrational plaything for those too wealthy to have concerns with money.