In Part One, you learned about the final plan to be delivered to the city by the Preston Center Task Force. It’s been two years in the making and cost $300,000 to produce a plan with little substance and holes a developer could drive a truck through.
Here in part two, we’ll finish out by reporting on the recommendations for development in the area.
Mixed Use, Not Mixed Income
There’s lots of talk about walkability, and an equal amount talk about luxury housing product. This means that just like today, people who live in the area don’t generally work in the area. An infinitesimal number of Preston Center workers walk to work today, and luxe-only development assures that will not change. Apparently walkability isn’t for area cashiers, cooks, waiters or firemen/women.
The vibrancy claimed to be the goal will not happen without housing that’s affordable to those who also work in the area. Without it, what we’ll get is a plastic Disneyland that comes to life with the flick of a switch. We’ll also have the added traffic as those workers commute in for their shifts. Lose-lose.