Or, getting to “———-“.
What is obviously and painfully missing from Gen’s story is the context, The Downtown Cap, or THE DOWNTOWN CAP, Program L-8 on Page L-8 of the Comp Plan: Limit new non-residential development in the Downtown area to 350,000 square feet, or 10 percent above the amount of development existing or approved as of May, 1986. Reevaluate this limit when non-residential-development approvals reach 235,000 square feet of floor area. The point of this is that We The People thru our General Plan or Comp Plan promised ourselves to say “no” to the developers once they had 25 million plus square feet in the city, and this amount total downtown. There’s also an additional Policy L-8, under sub-heading Commercial Growth Limits, after Maintian and Strengthen City Character in Goals Policies Programs Local Land Use and Growth Management Goal L-1 (a Well-designed compact City, providing residents and visitors with attractive neighborhoods…) “maintain a limit of 3,257,900 square feet” for new development in the nine planning areas.
Yesterday’s meeting was supposed to be The New Residentialist majority saying “ding dong the witch is dead” and we are regulating, as we have been promising for years, and five months after being elected, the real estate cartel, not um, gee, staff will find a magical way to soften the blow of us saying we do not have the courage to say no, or enact a moratorium. See also: we are gutting the Comp Plan, in favor of the developers and not updating or revising or improving it. Last night was council capitulating to power and agreeing to not enforce the law of the land, literally.
If Council, or GS or Dr. Levy make it sound like progress, I see it as a sad defeat. Meanwhile I was somehow surfing the web during the meeting and found Ben Page of Northwestern article co-written by a Princeton professor about how America is now more of an oligarchy than Democracy. And I have to admit I missed whatever it was that cleared the room (Doria Summa, Jeff Levinsky, Emily Rentzel, Lydia Kou) because I was bored and frustrated and was chatting up KZSU analyst Vince Larkin and doing a Marcel Marceau by putting on a cap, pulling it down over my head, down to my hips, wriggling it to my feet and stepping out of it. Take a bow. Maybe I will reprise that during the next 3 Minute Drill.
History repeats itself, tragedy, face and now mime.
I wrote the above three years ago, March 25, 2015, on the Weekly comments board. Last nite new council voted 5-4 to extend the problem forever. Allison Levitsky of The Post makes it sound like Liz Kniss tricked Lydia Kuo into supporting her motion and breaking a tie 5-4. Dissent were Fine,