Like it or dislike it, what the apartment project on Spring Street boils down to is a subsidy (big or small) for heavy economic hitters who don’t need it, while local businesses are left in the cold, and with definitions of “upscale” that are relative to NA’s specialized brand of intellectual and economic degradation far more than any meaningful universal standards.
BUT, okay. Let’s look at an element of the story grasped by the C-J’s Esarey, and entirely and predictably missed by the Morris (Past) Times.
Upscale apartments heading to Spring Street, by Jenna Esarey (Special to The Courier-Journal)
An upscale apartment complex on the former Coyle Chevrolet property on Spring Street in New Albany is a step closer to fruition as the Indiana Economic Development Corp. awarded $3.3 million for the project this week …
… The project could also boost support for proponents of a proposal to turn Spring Street into a two-way street.
Verily, if the city has not connected this “upscale” Coyle project directly to implementation of Jeff Speck’s downtown street network proposals, and if quoted sources like David Duggins and Pat McLaughlin cannot explain the linkage in three sentences or less on demand, then there’ll need to be more than a mere election defeat to square accounts.
There’ll need to be criminal charges, too.