Over a dozen people have commented to me about the series and I don’t think that they will ever post comments on the internet. They are, however, acting as the result of reading some of my statements, and I believe this to be perhaps an even more valuable response.
I started with my support for developing 120 acres of land for industrial use. It was called “I Support Increasing the Land Available for Industrial Development in Northfield”.
My second post was a response to Jim Pokorney’s guest column about his high school friends not wanting to live in Hibbing. It was called “Northfield is Not Hibbing”.
My next post was a request to Erica Zweifel for assistance in my search for principles of sustainability in the Master Plan. It was called “It Doesn’t Look Green to Me”.
My fourth post was a questioning of Jody Gunderson’s vision Northfield’s economic future based on manufacturing. It was called “If We Build It, Will They Come (and Pay for It)?”.
My fifth post was my contention to Rick Estenson that Northfielders don’t fear “fear itself” but rather fear making a bad investment of $30 million of taxpayer money. It was called “Maybe if I were using Dutch Math“.
My sixth post was a challenge to Tracy Davis’ contention that regulations can save our industrial land from becoming a housing development and shopping center anchored by a Walmart. It was called “Et tu, Davis?”.
My final post was my own suggestion on how Northfield might more quickly, affordably, and sustainably obtain 120 acres of land for industrial development. It was called “So How Should We Increase the Supply of Land for Industrial Development?”.
A number of the people who have talked to me about my posts have trouble believing that some of our leaders are really suggesting that we spend $29.4 million to create a development for which Phase 1 of the plan calls for 570 units of housing, 87,000 square feet of retail, 708,000 of office space, 635,000 of light industrial and industrial space, and 120 hotel rooms. Phase 2 shows an additional 81,675 square feet of office space and 110,000 square feet of “civic” space.
Here is the document from which I got that information:
and here are some colorful drawings of the Master Plan: