Mario Polèse in City-Journal: Urban-Development Legends - Grand theories do little to revive cities
. . . just as personal finance has yet to unlock the secret of how to get rich, no surefire government-led strategy exists that can turn around a troubled economy . . .See how many "fads" listed in the article have been heard around here coming from our local "Economic Development" gurus.
The history of local economic development is a story of academic fads.
Alex Ihnen in Next American City: A Highway Runs Through It
A half a continent away . . . but the same discussion that we have in Utica.As the St. Louis Arch itself neared completion in 1964, before the surrounding park became anything more than a parking lot and construction site, the area was amputated from the city by what would come to be referred to as a “crushing maze of infrastructure”. Interstate 70 was being built, resulting in a maze of sunken and elevated lanes that truncate the city’s street grid, and separate its residents from the memorial and the Mississippi River. . . .And almost 50 years later . . .
When the public has had a chance to participate, the message has been clear: the boulevard conversion should receive full consideration, it should be studied.
There is still time for discussion about this issue; the question is: will anyone listen?