A PUBLIC WATERFRONT BELONGS TO THE PUBLIC
In a bygone era it was thought that the way to "save a waterfront" was to fill it with shops and private residences. But today, in the 21st century, cities have new values.
They prize open, green space. They care about the environment, about building community and about giving residents and visitors access to a shoreline that in the past was all too often sold to the highest bidder.
The world has changed considerably from the days when "selling out" was seen as an appropriate thing to do. Today, it is well understood that private development belongs on private land. Public land, especially waterfront land, belongs to the public.
Where should the shops and restaurants you want along the waterfront be built? On the many acres of private land private developers already own!