Essentially, the City has tried to hypnotize the public, into thinking that we should "tear down West Broadway to save it." but they've made an additional argument: ""tear down West Broadway to save our town"!
In order to "achieve density goals", they would tear down small businesses and community centers. This is analogous to building Nuclear Power plants in order to stop Global Warming! Why would you choose to approach a problem with a solution that immediately causes problems? Because some "professional" tells you to?
Where did this "shock treatment" mentality come from? How did we become so susceptible to false dilemmas? In psychological tests, most people refuse to directly answer questions like "would you kill this person to save these two people". The reason we resist? Because it's never true! Only if we're impossibly under-trained for the real world, or over-trained for "leadership", would we think we could ever be faced with such a dilemma. To treat people like "eggs" that need to be "broken" in order to "make omlettes", is to immediately sacrifice your humanity, because it fails the universal moral standards test : it is something you would never want applied to you and your family.