|From:||Bruce Klafter <email@example.com>|
|Date:||06 Apr 1998 18:32:16|
I think Peter's comment about community involvement being "uninteresting" to developers has been taken somewhat out of context. Developers are interested interested in designing projects that will meet their financial objectives and which can be accomplished without extraordinary transactional costs (including time and money). Developers are undoubtedly interested in good relations with the surrounding community and community support (or at least non-opposition). I believe most developers, however, are not interested in spending a lot of time working to facilitate community involvement, i.e. they would welcome the input, but they're not going to organize it. An exception might be in the case of a complex site, such as a heavily contaminated one, where the cleanup (and redevelopment) can only be accomplished with community backing. In terms of the conference, I think it is correct to state that a heavy emphasis on mechanisms for fostering community involvement will be of marginal interest to many developers. I would "pick my spots" without placing too much emphasis on the subject. Developers are not some sort of "necessary evil." The vast majority of brownfields projects will be accomplished with private funds, with private objectives being foremost. Publicly funded projects may be exemplary and very worthwhile, but they will be less common.
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