Freedom of speech is a wonderful guarantee in the First Amendment of our Constitution. Freedom of speech is also recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While free from governmental censorship, local censorship appears to be alive and well.
Just like Big Tech, which decides what messages are fit for public consumption, we have a few neighbors in the Heights who feel threatened by an open discussion of ideas, preferring to avoid meaningful conversation on how to create a better development in the Heights.
Yes, those little diamond-shaped signs with the message “Your neighborhood is next” were just too much. But the signs were more than effective despite many being stolen, knocked over, or removed weekly.
Many of us living at ground zero for the Tower Mall development have worked with the city advocating for affordable homeownership, adjusting the “area median income” to lower the entry point for affordable housing, increasing parking ratios, and working to manage building heights adjacent to existing neighborhoods.
These should not be controversial topics rousing good people to denigrate our First Amendment rights. Engage with us. When we work together, we can accomplish great things.