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July 22, 2013


While open or green space is valuable, it doesn't seem as if this park is ever at capacity with people nor as it stands next to a factory one that people gravitate towards.

There could certainly be other infill developments or strategically designed to utilize this space better.

I know we seem to get into this mindset of not being able to trade a park for new development, but Peoria needs to redevelop itself as more compact and dense to really make itself "green."

I don't think we see the same staunch opposition when a new subdivision or commercial strip is built on the fringe and ruins precious farmland or open space there? That, frankly, is where we need to be conserving our land.

No, not all new building is "progress" but really, if we want to see these older, blighted (but still historic - I own a house up the street) neighborhoods return to life something is going to have to change from what it is.

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