Originally Posted by realcity
What the City did with York is truly the biggest mistake they ever made. It is very sad. They cleared out the streetwall to make way for a future canyon of skyscrapers but didn't realize the footprints were too small for any type of modern commercial developments other than a few muffler shops and variety stores.
The problem was they put too many restrictions on what could or could not be built on the street along with specific rules on the design of the buildings.
If developers wanted to build there, they were expected to buy up the properties they needed, just like anywhere else. The lots you see along York are just the remnants of the property the city expropriated to widen the street. They weren't meant to be building lots.