Letters to the Editor: June 5, 2009

General Plan being misused

Is this the kind of city you want? The General Plan adopted by the citizens calls for a unique, low-key downtown in the village, with maximum two stories and adequate parking.

Well, look around at what's happening! Our tax hungry city is taking the current "walkable" sidewalks and giving them to the restaurants for a paltry $2 a square foot per year, when it should be per month! The city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!

And now the sidewalks won't be "walkable," unless the city does away with a traffic lane to really widen the sidewalks! They already have drawings for what that will look like! The city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!

And parking! Forget it! All of this new restaurant use surely would require more parking, but the city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!

A vacant commercial building at 12th Street is already being remodeled for another new restaurant, yet the parking requirements haven't been met. Where in the residential zone will the patrons park? The city must not care, as long as they get more sales tax!

Let your city council know if this is the kind of city you want!

Ralph Peck

Del Mar

   
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