It's mostly a desire to feel empowered and improved by the process, rather than feeling disempowered and abused by it. It's borne of a process that does poor public outreach, grinds that data in to a paste, and then spits out a report or plan that, often, seems more aligned with the original position of the proponent politicians than with the public feedback. Like I said, a lot of this effort is to avoid crappy projects that serve a private interest but, on the whole, degrade the public interest.so do they want the city to master plan the neighborhood development for them or not?
I think it is a terrible oversimplification to argue or even to imply that criticism of public development planning is to oppose development. It is the right and the burden of every citizen to critically rebuke their government.
You are correct, if we used the japanese model for zoning, we would not be having this conversationif we used the japanese model, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.
That's because, in that model, there are fewer density spikes. Sure, there are tall buildings that tower over their neighbors. But, in general, density is pretty consistent lot to lot, block to block.
Yes, Delmas Park would be more densely developed already--something I would and do welcome. But, so would mid-town. And Gardner. And Willow Glen. And SUN. And Spartan-Keyes. And Naglee Park. And Hensley. And College Park. And and and.
At the same time, and as the outcome of all the density spread outward from DTSJ, it would generally be less dense than what the DSAP will allow for.
That's the point.most neighborhoods avoid density because it's not appropriate there. it wouldn't make sense to raze 20 year old sfr neighborhoods in evergreen or almaden for the type of development proposed here.
Because some neighborhoods have long fought, through politics and law, against any intensification of use, other neighborhoods are now being burdened with all of the intensification of use. What should, otherwise, be spread more broadly along a gradient sloping outward from key points of interest is a sharp step-wise function.
Their's is a bad-faith argument, and such arguments should always be recognized and treated as such by the groups who would bear the burdensome outcome of those arguments. It gains Delmas Park nothing to roll over and take it so that other neighborhoods can avoid intensification entirely.