Good morning everyone,
Yes, there are a few people who write letters to the editor these days.
The fading tradition offers an insight into the short-sightedness of some people whose ideas are stuck in the typewriter era.
A case in point involves development along Concord Pike in north Wilmington.
After a long period of stagnation, we are seeing a wave of investment in the area that saw the departure of thousands of jobs at AstraZeneca.
Naturally enough, we will hear the howls from not in my backyard types complaining about too much traffic and don’t look at the entire picture.
One cranky writer suggested that DelDOT impose a moratorium on development.
Never mind that the worst congestion only occurs a couple of times a day.
In the case of the AstraZeneca site, the developer has the necessary zoning for a promising long-term project that envisions a walkable community with a hotel, apartments, restaurants and office space.
Roads in the area were also improved to accommodate an estimated 5,000 workers that had been anticipated at the site.
The reality is that mass job departures led to a lack of growth in home prices for several years and in some cases contributed to a decline in the quality of housing stock.
That pattern changed as the region’s economy strengthened and the inventory of available homes dropped.
Granted, development failures are many along Route 202, with the ugly parking lots fronting the highway and community-developer battles leading to disappointments like the Brandywine Town Center.
Concord Pike is changing and from what I see, the outlook is bright. It is time for the letter writers to do some research and stop the knee-jerk reactions.
Agree or disagree? Let me know. Simply hit return and offer your message. – Doug Rainey, publisher.