By: Diane Benjamin
Faulty planning forced the citizens of Bloomington to pay for a Fire Station that has NEVER been used. Tom Hamilton thought Mitsubishi would bring another 10-12000 people to the southwest side of town. He guessed wrong and wasted millions of dollars!
From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_planning
The most notable critique of economic planning came from Austrian economists Friedrich Hayekand Ludwig von Mises. Hayek argued that central planners could not possibly accrue the necessary information to formulate an effective plan for production because they are not exposed to the rapid changes in the particular time and place that take place in an economy, and are unfamiliar with these circumstances. The process of transmitting all the necessary information to planners is therefore inefficient.
Proponents of decentralized economic planning have also criticized central economic planning. For example, Leon Trotsky believed that central planners, regardless of their intellectual capacity, operated without the input and participation of the millions of people who participate in the economy, and would therefore be unable to respond to local conditions quickly enough to effectively coordinate all economic activity.
Both the left and the right admit it doesn’t work!
Don’t ever forget that Bloomington’s Comprehensive Plan originated with the failed “Bring It On Bloomington” survey that fell far short of the participants they wanted: Bring-It-On-Bloomington-Flops
If the council in 2014 had any integrity, the results would have been rejected. Instead, all the Master Plans below followed. It would be very difficult to say how much taxpayers paid for these plans, I would expect the total to be at least a million. What these plans do is make it impossible to respond to changing conditions. Very few bikes in the bike lanes? The plans call for “complete streets”, so new bike lanes will continue to be built instead of just fixing the roads. Downtown actually gets worse every year, especially after State Farm left, but the Master Plan claims downtown is the future so spending continues unabated.
2010 Parks Master Plan https://blnnews.com/2017/01/16/how-much-did-the-last-parks-plan-cost/
The new plan cost taxpayers $114,999. I wrote about it in October of 2017. It was appalling then and even worse reading it now: https://blnnews.com/2017/10/22/can-the-council-read/
The report is 199 pages (evidently) meant to correct the opinion of the 86% who were already satisfied with what they had before the report. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20825
Bloomington is run by people who want your money to control your life. They consider themselves a lot smarter than you. The Master Plans only exist to achieve that goal.
At every meeting somebody mentions whatever they are discussing fits the Master Plan.
Nobody ever mentions it doesn’t make sense. The PLAN is all that matters.
It won’t be getting any better anytime soon.