- Lots of trees and greenery
- Proximity to parks and schools
- Downtown restaurants, book store, and antique shops just a five-minute walk away
- Safe place to raise kids
- Children's museum coming in old Central Elementary
So who would want to reduce the housing stock available in such a great neighborhood? Why, the Brookings County Commision. They think the community will be better served by demolishing a couple of these choice tax-generating houses and replacing them with parking lots.
I don't see parking lots anywhere among the criteria that won Brookings this national recognitions in TOHM.
The National Register of Historic Places can't stop all dumb ideas. Fortunately, we have a public vote as a back-up. Let's hope voters reject the notion of parking über alles and preserve the integrity of a healthy, tight-knit neighborhood.