Target is coming!

The
HooK
has a very informative story about
the coming of three new massive developments.

“Hollymead Town Center,
Albemarle Place, and North Pointe have been promising to rock our shopping world
for years now. So where are they?

More than a
year later, still only one has broken ground and– critics say– slathered it
all over Route 29. (More on that incident in a
moment.)

Slowly,
slowly, these mammoth shopping plexes are coming our way, and by 2010, you won’t
be able to remember a time when Charlottesville wasn’t a merchandise
mecca.”

The region is
changing, for better or worse. We just need better infrastructure, water and
affordable
housing.

“Four
percent of the nearly 900 houses will be affordable for first-time buyers.
“We’ve proffered $250,000 cash,” says Rotgin: $100,000 each to Habitat for
Humanity and the Piedmont Housing Alliance, and $50,000 to the Albemarle Housing
Alliance.

A
good start, but subsidizing the
people
as opposed to the properties. When forcing the subsidization of the properties,
localities/governments are trying to manipulate the free market – a dangerous
proposition.

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