New JG joint is up at Next City on the Schuylkill River Park housing controversy. Public parks shouldn’t be private lawns for near neighbors. Lots of people should be allowed to live around them:
Now that taxpayers have made a large investment in improvements to the waterfront land, and area land values are rising, there is a clear citywide interest in converting those values into more new private residential investment on the waterfront. Encouraging residential construction is how the city will recoup its investment in the waterfront park improvements.
And from the perspective of distributional politics, there is a clear equity interest in increasing the number of people who can live next to public amenities like a waterfront park. Building more housing units will help keep park-side rents more affordable and reduce the displacement of middle-class people from the neighborhood as demand for waterfront housing grows.