Destroying the village, part deux
Yesterday's post elicited some good comments. Fester cited Washington's Landing, Crawford Square and the Summerset housing development at Nine Mile Run as successful URA-directed redevelopment projects. I don't know enough about each to agree or disagree--though Washington's Landing certainly appears to be a gorgeous little community--but he did note some key differences with the projects I took to task; namely, more community buy-in and the fact that they were done on abandoned or underused land.
One thing I will say about Summerset is that while the city has very little new housing, it has plenty of older homes to choose from, and the homes at Summerset only cut into that market. That said, I think it's desirable for government to clean up brownfield sites and repair any necessary infrastructure to make the land attractive to private developers--but that's where government's role should end.