Part of being pro-development and pro-growth is understanding that perfect is the enemy of good. This new multi-family project adds 200 units of much-needed new housing, but I don’t like the exterior paint palette on the façade or the awning design. It’s understanding that 200 new units of housing, even without the perfect color scheme, is much better than no new housing at all. In practice, this means supporting a bunch of imperfect projects that nevertheless contribute to local growth and prosperity against a wide range of opposition.
Writing in The Jaxson, Bill Delaney applies this concept to new luxury multi-family apartments in Jacksonville’s Urban Core. Using local data and examples, he makes a persuasive case for the value of new housing units, imperfect as it may be, by looking at the center of Jacksonville’s luxury apartment boom, Brooklyn:
Being pro-development doesn’t mean supporting every new proposal out there. It means learning that perfection comes at a cost (see: housing crisis). It means knowing that good enough now is better than maybe better later, and certainly none at all ever.
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