I would like to respond to Robert Scott’s letter to this newspaper regarding giving One Paseo a chance. I have some random thoughts:
- Carmel Valley already has a community character. We are demonstrating this character by challenging a developer who wants to get a better return on his investment at our expense. Kilroy is not building a park here; they are building a traffic disaster and a monolith to greed.
- Mr. Scott challenges us to “Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir one’s blood.” I take offense to that. The City of San Diego made no little plan. They created North City West, now Carmel Valley, to attract vibrant people who wanted to create a vibrant community with great schools, a great community center, public parks and a location that is central to all. That is the character we are defined by. We have a “sense of place,” and it is not defined by a supermarket, restaurant or theater.
- Mr. Scott says that without One Paseo, we will likely get an expansion of Del Mar Highlands Town Center. I’m sorry. Isn’t One Paseo the same as Del Mar Highlands Town Center, only denser and with shopping on both sides of the street?
- He argues that the retail, restaurant and cultural/entertainment traffic is going at different hours and in opposite directions. I guess he doesn’t get out at noon much, as that is already a peak traffic time, almost as much as the morning and afternoon commutes.
- Any building will provide revenue and capital improvement. Overbuilding will provide more, but at what cost. As soon as all these new shoppers find out what a problem it is to get in and out of the new project, they will abandon it to get out of CV ASAP.
- Mr Scott is right about one thing: One Paseo will have a profound effect on our community. As it exists in Kilroy’s collective mind, that effect will be disastrous.