I attended an open house last Monday where opponents of the ridiculous new development in the Howard Bend floodplain presented their opposition to the project. The open house featured great exhibits on why we don’t need more sprawl in the Maryland Heights area, and by default–since the region fits together like a jigsaw puzzle–eastern Chesterfield as well. I was shocked to learn that Westport Plaza, already generating income for Maryland Heights, has some serious vacancy issues. Even more bizarrely, many of the proposed tenants of Howard Bend development already reside in Maryland Heights–so the city is already getting their tax dollars.
I know the reason: the Cult of the New, as I call it. Maryland Heights is terrified that companies and the general public have adopted a throwaway mentality for buildings, and not just fast food wrappers. Ten years old? Time to move on and discard the old.
Luckily, there’s no money for the new roads.
Update: Stimulus money allowed for the completion of the 141 extension through Howard Bend.