Revisioning Point held their second public idea exchange event on Thursday June 25th at the Stevens Point Area Convention Center & Visitors Bureau on the north end of Division Street. There were two presenters (sharing information about the high cost of free parking, and the sometimes strained relationships between “town and gown” in university communities) followed by a walking tour of Division past Trig’s to Maria Drive.
Many local government leaders portray new development as the lifeblood necessary to maintain or improve the economic and fiscal health of a community. They argue that the proposed new subdivision, apartment complex, or shopping mall out on the edge of town is not only desirable, but is practically a requirement if the entire community is to stay alive. Chuck Marohn sees things differently. He argues that most new development is instead part of a Ponzi scheme, promoted by developers and landowners who “earn” their returns on each new land deal and absolve themselves of the inevitable service and maintenance costs that arise.