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Scott County leaders ponder ways to attract new development.
People are starting to realize that living in the middle of nowhere makes no sense at all. Everybody is going to start flocking back to the city very soon, just like they flocked out of the city in the 50's and 60's.
I don't believe that the demand for housing in the distant hayfields has left us, it is only in a suspended state. As far as I know all the schools punched into hayfields far from jobs are all full with children and many more will arrive when the money spigots reopen. There are people with living wage jobs or have businesses and money, also wealthy pensioners. Plenty of people that don't worry about minor nuisances like paying for gasoline. The money saved by shopping online and thus not paying sales tax pays for a lot of gas.
I wouldn't call Scott County the middle of nowhere.
Parts of Shakopee are like a ghost town. Some ideas for revitalization: Take the old Gold's Gym building(s) by Applebees and put in a new Supermarket like Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Take the old Denny Hecker dealership on Marschall Road and maybe put a new car dealership there, or a go-kart track (or knock it down). Revitalize the Shakopee Mall: It's a bit unsightly. We could put a drive-in theater there too! Bring back the drive-ins!
I'm good with no growth in Scott County. Open spaces is why I moved there.
Regarding the inner city, Yogi Berra said it best: "No wonder nobody comes here, it's too crowded".
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