Today's topic is the River Bluff Townhomes controversy. Besides the fear of people who don't make as much money as we'd like, the fear of people who aren't white like us, and of renters in general, the real fear here I see is the fear of change. I'm sorry folks, but South Main Street between Washington and Walnut hasn't been "downtown" for 20 years and it isn't coming back, no matter what anyone says. It has been slowly decaying since at least when the original Paradise Mall opened and arguably before then. So what? The same folks who lament the proposed housing plan were the first ones to ditch Tennies for Wal-Mart, the downtown theater for Paradise Theater and any of the slew of failed downtown coffee houses for Starbucks.
Why bitch now? You've been slowly letting "downtown" go to seed for years. What did any of you really think was going to go on the site? The access roads are all insufficient for any large-scale project and even if they were, there isn't the same built-in traffic brought to the south side by 45.
It beats looking at that pile of rubble at least. Right?
West Bend has changed. Get over it.
Head here to read the full fear over on Boots & Sabers. There are even some just fantastic comments by local scientist Mary Weigand.