In 2005 Williamsburg saw a re-zoning by the city that allowed for a number of residential towers to be put up along its waterfront. The community put together its own plan and had that plan approved by local government, but saw its plan largely ignored in the re-zoning. The re-zoned area allowed for the towers which are of a much greater height than the surrounding residential area and eliminated much of the light industry in the area.
I realize that the developer comes to the city with a bag of money and the city goes "Yeah, bag of money, great" (awesome over-simplification, right?). And I further realize that Williamsburg was an area that was largely ignored, gross and undesirable to investment for decades, but at this point of time I would like to think that Williamsburg had enough of its own thing going on that city could have taken the community plan and the developers would have developed according to that plan and made money. Even if it was perhaps less money... why was the plan so doomed to failure? Jane Jacobs herself wrote a letter in support of the 197a plan...
I'm wondering if there is a way to legislate more responsiveness from government
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