At a City Council meeting in early June, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, made these remarks about two properties in Tobin Hill, another fast-changing neighborhood pressed up against the Pearl, but he could have been talking about any of the near-downtown communities:
"This is a city that is growing, we understand that. We need to accommodate the growth the best way we can," Nirenberg said. "We also have to retain our cultural and historic heritage, otherwise we lose our identification, which is our competitive advantage. As a city, we can be Any Town, U.S.A., if we continue to grow the way we are, but we lose site of the heritage that's here in the city."
Government Hill is a neighborhood where the city is currently trying to strike that balance.