We don't need more lofts, more failed attempts at swaths of development. They already demolished the south half of the factory and built a small community there, which still remains largely vacant. Why does anybody think that building a "billion dollar village", essentially just a larger version of the floundering southern development, will bring any different outcome? Just because we have the ability to develop anything and everything doesn't mean that we should.
Also, I've lived within sight of the Gates factory my whole life, so it's not like I'm out of touch with the neighborhood.
I, like Elliott, am not saying that the buildings should be left up completely vacant and untouched for vagrants and bums to take residence in. I recognize that it needs to go through some transformation, I just don't think that this idealized vision of a billion dollar super-community it going to work. We're just going to end up with more vacant buildings.