What's in a word?
The term "redevelopment" often is used to avoid discussion of unpleasant specific realities in our town. The positive connotation of the term obscures uncomfortable facts.
Our City has a Redevelopment Agency. This is the arm of City Hall that just gifted $5 million of borrowed public money to a car dealership. By the City's own estimate, the break-even return of this arrangement is at least 12 years in the future. Under numerous obvious scenarios, the City may never see a return on these funds. Have we forgotten how and why we lost the previous car dealers?