I'm also trying something new with this column. Given the rapid-fire nature of the Ink Blog format, I'm hoping to get a bit more interactive with readers by actively drawing out their feedback for future entries. I'm not sure how it'll end up, but it's worth a shot.
Here's the text:
A new recipe for
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Free Press London
It’s finally dawned on me how property developers get ahead in our city:
- Take a formerly-glorious
- Rent it to students. Invest no money into it for almost a decade.
- Let it sit empty for several months before the inevitable squatters move
- in and promptly set the place on fire.
- Leave it boarded up – for drug users, you know – for a few more years.
- Complain to city hall that it’ll cost too much to restore the property.
- Drop hints that the alternative is demolition.
- Convince city planners that taxpayers should at least partly fund any
- Get the city to approve plans to build additional housing on the site.
- Laugh all the way to the bank.
Am I the only one who thinks our elected officials are handing our money and our city’s future to folks whose only concern is their own profitability?
E-mail me your suggestions on how we can do better and I’ll revisit the issue later this week.