I think its a good thing that people in our community take such a passionate interest in its future. That's why I was happy to see the charette process come into being. The amount of time and energy that our fellow citizens have put into the project is truly impressive. However, I fear that the opportunities presented by both the charette process itself and the willingness of investors to invest in our downtown might be wasted.
We all have to realize that there are many conflicting goals that we want to achieve. People want affordable housing, yet they are opposed to density. People want a "green" downtown, but once again, higher density is more ecologically efficient. Many of the interested parties have conflicting interests as well. We all need to realize that their are many trade-offs at work here and no matter what, no one is going to be completely happy with the end result. But lets work together to build a better downtown. We want the process to bring this community together, not tear it apart. Lets be patient, with each other and with the difficult tasks ahead.
What do you think? How can we insure that the process is fair?