We have learned nothing from the lack of planning on 23rd Street. The development of South Iowa has turned into a crazy quilt patchwork that makes access by automobile difficult and access by public transit, foot, and bicycle very difficult and dangerous. The Home Depot project will make the situation worse.
Developers and national retail stores are focused on profits. They often don't see or don't care about the long impact their developments have on the local community. It is the job of our local governments to safeguard all citizens' interests and plan for the long-term livability and health of our community. There may still be time to avoid the debacle that the Home Depot project promises to be; I hope our city commissioners can realize the damage this project could cause and stop it.