Shawn, contrast is always related to sharpness, and ultimately we are concerned with how the print looks. So you are correct. Actually what you're suggesting is in line with what Crawley recommended for small format negatives - ie develop them to lower than normal contrast (and give the least amount of exposure required to secure adequate shadow detail under these development conditions) and print on a higher grade of paper.
Of course we have to make sure we still get a negative that contains all the information we need to make a print with the desired tonal qualities, not just sharpness. But this goes without saying.
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