I don't know what the U.S. Supreme Court has said on this subject, but decades ago as I watched the uber rich allow property on Market St., S.F., just sit empty, I was sure
as a whole we'd be better off taxing what we want less of.
Currently we tax payroll, income, profits, and lots of what we want more of, but we don't tax the negatives that we want to get rid of. I'd apply this equally to residential
and commercial property (not exactly the same rules), but the idea do not leave your
property going to waste - put it to use.
All of us can dream up great "what if" ideas. We do it all the time. The difference makers decide to not only share their ideas, but give them birth by making them happen. We've seen a good amount of that in Brisbane, and all around us in the S.F. Bay Area. Ultimately, unless there is a groundswell of support or demand that the City needs to fund this for the community, it will only happen when someone decides to make it their business for profit or non-profit and bring it to town.
It seems like there are PhDs studying just about anything we can think of, so maybe there is research to explain why some communities central shopping districts or "Main"
streets are so successful compared with other that are not as much so. Leland in Visitacion Valley is a good example. It has recently received very major public infrastructure investments, yet remains a less than enticing destination. Parking there is terrible, and metered.
You can be sure that as Anja Miller noted, the City is not fighting off retail investment.
The City has recently created a new position for Economic Development, and Mitch Bull is a great advocate for Brisbane. The issue will always be making the cash register ring. Some places in town seem to do very well. The key for the success of every business is always filling a need, and earning a profit.
I've shopped all of the options. I find each has something to offer whether it be the all in on place shopping experience, or the specialty items that cater to specific tastes or diets. Face the facts people. We don't all eat the same diet. We don't all spend the
same on what we prefer to buy. We plan our driving in order to avoid extra trips out of town, so shopping outside of Brisbane is no inconvenience to us.
Brisbane now has its very own Farmers Market - how much demand is there for that?
We have Midtown which is a very mixt bag. Our biggest positive change might be if
the owner there would sell it, although I recall hearing that property is a strange deal with the owner of the store owning the building and someone else owning the land?
Enlarging that and getting a more market oriented owner would satisfy a lot of our needs. Not holding my breathe.
When people suggest chains come to town, they seem to be oblivious to the market
research those companies all do. If they wanted to be here, our Chamber of Commerce would know it. What would work well here is a Walgreens, but that shopping center management is clueless.
The former 5 Star Cafe site, directly across the street from the current library, has been identified as the location for the new Brisbane Library. The City recently received $300,000 from the County’s Measure A funds to help cover building and design fees. This Thursday, 4/7, the City Council will be considering an Agreement for Professional Services for Design of the new Library. Link to the agenda can be found here: http://brisbaneca.org/city-council-meeting-9 (New Business item B.
If we need more library space, why not just let the Library expand right where it is? We can double the space by moving all community center activities to our new community center at Mission Blue. Some public facilities are always booked, but others are not.
Maximizing use is the more sustainable approach.
Its also some 15 years past when we should have moved to bring together both sides of Brisbane. The center is nearer Valley Dr.
I'm not sure how far down the road this issue is in planning? So please forgive me if my comments are out of date.
1> I agree with the general idea of updating and improving public
library services, but feel it needs to be sustainably balanced:
The big difference between a public library and other libraries
(public schools and private schools etc.) is the librarian as an
asset, and possibly available technology and the other learning
programs parents appreciate so much.
2> Not having read the studies Michael Shumann cited, I've never
heard or read anything that supports a public library as economic
engine. I think that is the weakest of arguments for doing it.
3> I would not vote for a library, or day school next to a bar. The
Eagles are a good community group, but their club's central
feature is a bar. I'm fine with drinking, but it can set a bad
example for kids, so I'd use that location for other retail.
4> The current location is fine. The obvious solution is to allow the
Library to take over the whole building and remodel it right where
it is. That would double capacity, it's already ADA compliant,
and it would allow for greater use of the park out back for craft
use by kids.
5> My understanding of the opposition to that is all of the other
groups that currently use the downstairs community center, and
the answer to all of them is relocating their activities to other facilities.
6> Brisbane is growing, and its always hard to accurately plan for that growth not
knowing how many homes we will have, and how many adults and children.
7> Mission Blue rightly should become our new Community Center. It also has the
capacity to be used by more then one group at the same time, and it can be
expanded significantly both East and South to enlarge meeting spaces and the
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