Great presentation last night! I think that you’ve made a great case for the park and many of the commentators made great points as well. Those critical of the park seemed to be basing their case on the potential for criminal activity, financial concerns and business owners who support a high density development which they think will help them get more retail customers.
I think there are ample case studies that can counter the concern for criminal activity. Let’s use these case studies to demonstrate how certain parks did not in fact promote criminal activity but instead all of the advantages that the residents wanted from the park.
The criticism that came from one person about the park proposal not having a financial benefit to him as a taxpayer is a signal that the park proposal in the future should develop a more tangible budget plan that can provide concrete numbers to the public and demonstrate better how the financing for the park is not a pipe dream, but a tangible goal from a financial perspective (even if we don’t yet know exactly how this will play out).
Fortunately most people would not marginalize the benefit of a park to the financial benefits it could bring, like higher property values, and instead see the broader quality of life values that a park brings us.