To the Editor:
As a resident, property owner and business owner in Hyde Park for more than 15 years, I support the proposed 14-story development (i.e., mixed-used development) on the Mobil gas station site. Clearly, I understand the trade-offs associated with aesthetic appeal and return on investment. However, economic development in Hyde Park is far too slow and protracted.
Progress is not always optimal and in most instances, a bad decision is better than a prolonged period of stagnation (i.e., no decision at all) … which is what has occurred over the past 10 years on the proposed site (i.e., Mobil gas station). In short, human nature is to make the best of any given situation. Hyde Park residents will evolve with the new development. Let’s move forward and end the stagnation.