As I've mentioned in previous posts, I've been following a plan for a development zone change in Middletown with interest and a fair amount of concern. The issues are complex: increased tax base for a city that needs it, new jobs, commercial traffic into a residential district. While I can appreciate a few of the points made by both sides, the argument being carried out in public is essentially boiling down to the following.
1) Middletown needs the jobs, no matter the cost.
2) It's a safety/development risk to a residential neighborhood. (You can read one of those viewpoints here.)
What strikes me as odd is that the area being discussed is on the National Register of Historic Places - and that fact has not been mentioned once. Why is historic tourism/historic preservation not in the mix? And what can we do as genealogists to change their minds?