According to the mayor's blog post, the city's TIF commission will be meeting soon to discuss whether new developments should receive the benefit of Tax Increment Financing.
I'm not sure why, but I tend to be a sucker for giving public money incentives to people trying to make better use out of our city and its property. I know the downside and I know some downtown residents that can think of better uses for their taxes.
I'm also a sucker for our civic responsibility and a good meeting (The city is hosting one next month). There may be lots of time to talk after the decisions are made, but the right time would be at the meeting. Show up!