Big Bad Developer?
August 4, 2005 9:35 PM Subscribe
Do any of you live in a suburban
community that actually benefited from development? [MI]
posted by frecklefaerie to Society & Culture (17 answers total)
My question is related somewhat to the issue posted here
, but I'm asking for some concrete or anecdotal evidence.
The ninety year-old suburb of DC where I live is currently in a chokehold from a developer who owns most of the town center, and appears to be doing his best to force out the few barely viable businesses left. But when he bought the properties, everyone was excited at the possibilities and allowed themselves to be charmed by his ideas. Two years later, after cosmetic work to the storefronts, the buildings sit empty and calls made to the "For Lease" sign are not returned.
I had thought the "big bad developer" was a stereotype, now I'm not so sure. Does anyone have a story with a happy ending 5-10 years from when a developer came in to your communities?