Density is the ISSUE!
It's especially critical when a zone which has been lightly occupied is suddenly inundated with growth. Suddenly the costs of such growth become all too real:
NOISE from construction and then supply delivery and waste removal, from greatly increased traffic, auto-theft alarms, backup alarms, impatient drivers, and on and on...
GRIDLOCK caused by new residents, customers, workers, etc.
PARKING NO MORE: combine reductions in parking with vast increases in cars; curb sites disappear.
Density Comparison Between St. Paul & New York Land Areas
If the city puts up to 4000 housing units and 7200 people on the Ford site, the population density will be greater per sq/mile than New York City land areas!
Do you really want that in our village?
Hard to believe? Well the U.S. Census doesn't lie...
See chart below for an even further break-down of the most populated census-measured land areas of the country.
This chart breaks down the land area of NYC by incorporated municipalities, towns and villages, and census-designated places (specific smaller land areas within metropolitan areas that the U.S. Census measures). We also inserted the five (5) main NYC boroughs for comparison.
15 of the top 22 highest density census-measured places, including the five main NYC boroughs, are in the NYC metropolitan area.
The Ford site in St. Paul would rank as the 8th densest measured land area in the country in that top 22 (or the 7th densest if the CP Rail area isn't part of the development area).
NYC areas are referenced as the most similar in density to the proposed Ford site - because they are!