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Jonathan Potts

Incidentally, I was at Station Square a few weeks ago, and I noticed several empty stores and shuttered restaurants. The Station Square expansion was funded in part through tax-increment financing.

I once read the statistic, that something like %85 of NY develpers get an exemption to the zoning law. What is a rule that doesnt apply %85 of the time, if not just an invitation to political corruption.

Mark Anderson

Generally I agree with the idea that government should stay out of real estate development. However, the GAF plant in Erie has significant hazardous waste issues that no private enterprise will touch. This actually is a case where the government needs to step in, buy the property, clean it up and then sell it to a developer. Unfortunately I don't think GAF is required to pay for the cleanup - they could just let it sit there.

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