Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Planning Commission Ready to Whore Down for Weird Rich Guy Jack May

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 5:47 AM

click to enlarge Jack May and Tony Giarratana: the fix is in.
  • Jack May and Tony Giarratana: the fix is in.
We thought the Crunchy Granola People killed May Town Center, but it's back like Dracula, the Terminator and Poltergeist all rolled into one. This time, it looks like the fix is in. The Planning Commission was only playing coy to fool people into thinking our public officialdom was giving the deal some really deep thought. Now the commissioners are anxious to whore down for Jack May. All it'll take is one more sham public hearing. Here's what Pith has learned so far from reading the latest media coverage about this really stupid development: (1) Approval will constitute an audacious about-face for the commission, which in 2006 rejected a request for a less dramatic land use and zoning change for Bells Bend. (2) The planning staff says we should all accept May Town because it now includes so-called New Urbanism concepts--bells and whistles like sidewalks and trees. The staff is even demanding that developers build a pedestrian bridge. But nobody's buying this bullshit. First of all, almost as soon as this albatross is approved, Tony Giarratana will start asking for cost-cutting "amendments" to the fabulous plan, claiming job losses unless the commission knuckles under. Second, the planning staff's logic is flawed in that it ignores the bigger picture: By allowing May to build a second downtown, we're turning our backs on all we've accomplished over the past decade to make Nashville a more livable city. So what if he plants a few trees? (3) In head-smacking hypocrisy, on the very night May Town comes up again, two May family members will ask the Planning Commission to protect their lovely neighborhood from developers. They want even lower density zoning. This takes a lot of gall. As blogger Mike Byrd reports: "I guess protecting the character of Bells Bend doesn't matter quite as much to Metro Planning since the Mays don't live there."

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