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  •  I think what developers were actually (7+ / 0-)

    looking for here is what you alluded to in the diary - for the City to pick up the cost or repairing or upgrading existing infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, utility lines, etc.).

    This work can be expensive, but in any case, from a developers point of view, having someone else pay for it is a plus to their margins.

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 07:58:12 AM PST

    •  They also want favorable zoning (8+ / 0-)

      , higher density, less parking requirements,  and less restraints overall for their project, as well as the free infrastructure upgrades.
      Also,  discounted permit fees, utility impact fees, school fees, and property taxes
      Those are incentives often given for blighted neighborhoods, where it might make sense to socialize some of the costs.  developers try to get the boundaries for redevelopment as close to the nice parts of town as possible.  They work the politicians as much as possible,  because it has a huge effect on the profitability of the project.
      christie was stupid here.  first, his "client" lost.  second, he could have offered a Sandy relief grant for the infrastructure "repair and upgrade" for that area, and maybe some transportation funds. Instead of incentives he went with a hammer on desperately needed relief funds,  and exposed hi sold to the very prosecution he had removed the previous mayor with

      "Searches with nonspecific warrants were ‘the single immediate cause of the American Revolution.’” Justice Wm. Brennan, referring to the 4th Amendment

      by Nailbanger on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 09:15:09 AM PST

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      •  Christie is the facilitator. (1+ / 0-)
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        Samson calls the shots. The power arrangement is very Bush/Cheney in set-up and execution. It's beginning to appear that way at least.

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