I am a construction worker at Cornell Tech who also likes to see what’s going on outside the campus grounds. I couldn’t help but notice the inherent contradiction in the real estate management’s practice: too much vacancy, and yet raising rents?
Why push out so many small businesses when keeping lower rents would help Main Street thrive? If we had lower rents for commercial tenants, the neighborhood would be better able to serve more practical needs: a full-service hardware store (construction workers would definitely use it, and we’ll be here for several more years!), that thrift store (both for college students and construction workers), other clothing stores, a dollar store, and much more.
We also need some healthier restaurants open in the early morning for the 8 a.m. coffee orders. Why not?