I am one of the white folk who purchased and redeveloped a property in the east side community. I did so because I have a vision that the area would develop into a vibrant, culturally diverse, safe and prosperous neighborhood. Apart from the developers I have seen little effort from within to improve the crime and deteriorating conditions. Rather than complaining about what outside people are doing and putting up barriers, come up with some concrete plans on what is need and desirable. Hiring local minority labor is a concrete example of positive action. Holding developers hostage with fees and funding is not.
There seems to be two major elements that could bring the two sides much closer. First, move the parking offsite to free up additional development acreage and eliminate the eyesore of an open parking lot. Second, get the port authority to codify the limits they have verbally agreed upon. If the project cannot be financed with the agreed upon limits, then it probably isn't viable to begin with. Any funding source will know the terms of the verbal commitments that have been made. The Port Authority needs to show its trust in the city to act as a partner if the issue of expanding the limits is required.
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