Judging from the increased number of real estate listings in …

Comment on Huge real estate project at stalemate by Domenico Pecorari.

Judging from the increased number of real estate listings in our local papers, I suspect that the recent “housing shortage” is well and truly over and that we may be moving back into a “buyer’s market”. I hope I’ll be proven wrong by history, but the planned land releases from AZRI, the old Drive-In site and Mt Johns Valley may turn out to be the straws that break the real estate camel’s back.

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Huge real estate project at stalemate
Hmmmm. You are right, Janet. I see by your response that we do indeed have very little in common, and that any vision you have for the town does not extend much past issues relating to development and business interests. I don’t believe you will ever see the relevance of social, cultural and environmental issues in planning a sustainable future for The Alice, as demonstrated by your silver bullet solution of more land releases. You seem to believe in an economy-led recovery for the town, whereas I believe that a vibrant economy will come about as a natural consequence of our repairing and looking after the town’s environmental, social and cultural assets. As such, I doubt we will ever see eye-to-eye.

Huge real estate project at stalemate
Janet, you touch on some very valid points and seem to appreciate that the many issues faced by our town, such as affordable accommodation and the well-being of local businesses, are inter-linked. In that sense, a town is not unlike a human body, in that all of its “parts” need to be in good condition for it to survive and thrive. I’ve also heard you call for a “Town Plan”, something we do agree upon, although I suspect your idea of a such a plan is “top-down” (that is, law and order-based and somewhat dictatorial) whereas mine is “bottom-up” (that is, community-based and, I’d like to think, more democratic). Nevertheless, I’d like to read more from you about your vision for the town and how it can be achieved, for I suspect we may have more in common than at first glance.

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