Holmes Lake Park’s Slippery Slope

July 31, 2007 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It’s a tough call: hold on to a relatively worthless chunk of weedy parkland on principle; or send a message to developers that, for enough cash, parkland is up for the taking. That’s the issue facing the city right now with Talent Plus.

I would make the argument that this particular sale of land is a good deal, and that it doesn’t create an imminent slippery slope. The land being sold is unused and not very valuable to the city. The sale, although not required for Talent Plus’s expansion, will help facilitate the expansion and will help keep the building shorter, and thus (hopefully) less annoying to neighbors.

I admit those aren’t my strongest arguments, but time is tight and I want to get a couple other posts up. What are your arguments for or against the sale?

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foxspit July 31, 2007 at 2:09pm

At first I was opposed to the sale, but now that I see it’s such a small tract of land, I don’t care so much.

What I like about the idea of selling the land is that it puts the land on the tax rolls and that it gives the city money to create new parks.

I do think, however, that in the future the city should be charging a premium for land as prime as the Holmes Lake land (assuming they didn’t already do that).

Fletch July 31, 2007 at 2:10pm

Sell it. In this case, how many jobs wil that small, triangle-shapped, dandelion-filled patch of land bring to Lincoln? How many does Talent Plus provide? Are jobs good? Yes. Will people spend payroll on things like food and housing and cars and refrigerators? Yes. Does the city adequately use the space there? No. Is it really that pleasant to look at? No. Will it dramatically alter the Lincoln/Holmes Lake landscape and view? No. Can Lincoln use money? Yes.
I think it’s a no-brainer. SELL.

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