This is a qualified applaud of course - there's too much in that for me to even comprehend.
I like the sign! Though wonder could it be arranged not to block windows of what might someday be the choicest space in town. Perhaps a period-style approach might work - and also avoid the accusation of being "pushy" - while affecting the view at night from the inside in a pleasing way - and that's exactly when the Model T was taking off big time right? I do think those property prices are exclusionary, of course you want owners who can see it through, but there must be some way to guarantee that without breaking the bank. Land owned by a city is always a bargain in the long run. The market will fix itself with a profit incentive over time. But I think the idea of individual ownership has the advantage of individual concepts, style.