Bradenton's latest development idea seems straight out of either "Up," a 2009 Pixar-Disney film about an explorer who tethered balloons to his home and floated into adventureland, or "The Jetsons," the popular futuristic cartoon from two generations ago. The Jetson family lived far above land in a residence atop a lengthy spire.
Thursday's Herald headline intrigued a lot of readers -- "Officials: City's future may be up in the air."
Good grief, don't city leaders have a solid plan for progress? Actually, that's what this is about.
Instead of selling city land for high-rise office and residential buildings, the latest trend for municipalities interested in urban infill is the sale of "air rights" over existing public spaces.
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Interesting. Imagine a building above the parking lot next to City Hall, not totally grounded but standing on pillars.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, City Clerk Carl Callahan called the concept "food for thought, but one thing we need to as a city, whether by policy or not, is to determine how to maximize" Bradenton's space limitations.
Let that conversation begin. This idea follows the New Urbanism trend sweeping the country as more Americans prefer walkable communities where they can live, work and play without commuter headaches. And Bradenton has been embracing this, so "air rights" fits this model.
Quote of the week
Sir David Tanner, Great Britain Rowing Team performance director, validated the marketing boast that Nathan Benderson Park, host of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, is a world-class rowing facility:
"I believe this is up to standard with anywhere else in the world as a rowing championship facility. It is truly impressive the investment by the local communities in this. ... It is a smart investment because it is not just rowing, although rowing is at the center of it."