Entrepreneurs help Gainesville

Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 11:11 p.m.

My friend, Ernst Kallenbach, in his letter (Jan. 18), seemingly objects to the Midtown high-rise development. He pines for "old" Gainesville. I pre-date him in the area by some decades and can easily remember much of the city without indoor plumbing, paved streets and electricity.

What has made Gainesville into an all-American city and a wonderful place to live and raise a family is not, as Kallenbach would expect, public debate followed by a referendum.

It has been made by the risk-taking behavior of entrepreneurs with private capital trying to profit by anticipating the needs and desires of the market place (residents). If the entrepreneurs are correct, they profit; if not, they lose. The community wins either way.

Risk-takers should be heralded as heroes rather than be vexed by nostalgic naysayers obstructing the march of progress.

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