I am wanting to get some input on pocket parks. Mattoon's new redevelopment plan shows the demolition of five buildings for a parking lot and pocket park.
I have argued that parks in the heart of a six block business district will not stimulate the local economy. And razing buildings with existing businesses in them will hurt the community with lost retail and tax revenues.
I am willing to concede that the pocket parks will not hurt the area if it is placed in an area where the buildings have allready been lost. I have suggested several locations to the city, but they seem to have their blinders on. Or is it me who has the blinders on?
You can compare the two plans at my website http://www.savemattoon.org
Thanks in advance for your input,
Also, what is the best location for a pocket park? The location on the City's plan has parking on all four sides of the park. This doesn't seem pedestrian friendly at all.