|Date:||Thu, 20 May 1999 15:06:49 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Re: "The Economic Benefits of Open Space"|
I don't think everyone got this message from Alex Lantsberg yesterday. Tony -----Original Message----- [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Emery Graham Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 1999 12:04 PM It becomes increasingly apparent that one of the attendant impacts of efforts to preserve open space is an increase in the value of land in other existing uses. As our efforts to spur economic development succeed, those who are existing land owners will find themselves the beneficiaries of windfall profits and rents driven by government supported programs. What happened to "environmental justice.? i hope that community based develoopmnet is a part of any economic development strategy nd that the reuse of the sites ties back into communtiy needs and actual community development. a lot of the surrounding property in my neighborhood is owned by the residents themselves so i dont see anything wrong with property values going up. considering that government largess has gone to enhance the profits of those who already have a great deal, then wheat is the problem of including those who have often been cut out? the challenge is to make sure that the existing community continues to receive the benefits of this development. this is actually shifting into a discussion about gentrification. as long as newcomers dont start moving in capitalizing on the changes on the ground and excluding those who have paid the price of pollution and blight, then the open space and land reuse is doing just what we want to see--improving the neighborhood and the lives of those who have and continue to live there. _____ Alex Lantsberg, Project Coordinator Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice 744 Innes Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124 ph: 415/824.4102 fax: 415/824.1061 email@example.com www.saej.org
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