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In this week’s highlighted comments, check out what readers are thinking about street lights, San Diego Unified’s real estate deal, beer, the mayor’s Balboa Park plan and development outside downtown.
I can tell you why Teralta East in City Heights has mid-block high-pressure sodium streetlights. It’s because it was a high-crime area, petitions were personally walked door to door and a community activist spoke at City Council meetings until the lights were approved and installed.
Oh, and our crime rate went down. Coincidence? I think not.
Why should the San Diego Unified School District hang on to land it owns outright in Mission Bay? Because it belongs to the public school system, that’s why, and the trustees should be good stewards of the public’s trust and properties.
In San Francisco the public schools own the land underlying the big Market Street area shopping mall that includes Nordstrom and other high-end retail establishments. As landlord, the public schools profit from that prudent business arrangement.
There are single-family HOUSES in La Jolla selling for $12 million, and city schools apparatchiks are crowing over an $18.5 million Mission Beach giveaway of untold size?
It’s a shame and a scandal, but all it takes is one more trustee to vote no on the deal along with Scott Barnett. I hope someone else will do the right thing when it’s time.
Just to pick on one of these things: The 22-ounce bottle restriction completely baffles me. In order to cut down on alcohol-related problems, the solution is to force them to sell a BIGGER serving? I much prefer smaller bottles, as do many female beer fans. I don’t think the police understand what this industry is about at all. I don’t really want to see Filner set up special rules just for breweries because that won’t solve the problem for whatever the next business trend turns out to be. I want to see the police make more of an effort to understand what any particular new niche is about and work with the industry rather than just taking a knee-jerk reaction.
I have lived in Bankers Hill for more than 20 years, and I welcome the closure of the Cabrillo Bridge. Most of the traffic through our neighborhood to Balboa Park is induced demand. People like me drive through the park to reach South Park and North Park because it is a pretty drive. I feel a bit guilty each time I do it, but I do it because I can. If the route is closed, I shall simply take another of the many available routes to reach the areas on the other side. Rest assured that I, like everyone else, will not be driving to the bridge once it is closed and circling around looking for a way across from the west. Why would anyone do such a thing? Look all the way back to the 1950s and the closure of the very busy street through Washington Square Park in New York City. It was predicted that closure would lead to gridlock on surrounding streets. Instead, traffic “disappeared.” In fact it was dissipated via the surrounding well-developed grid. We have a well-developed grid here, as well, and we can safely expect the same outcome. Finally, do not be fooled by the so-called spokespeople for Bankers Hill who rush to the microphone and say, “Bankers Hill opposes this!” They are members of a couple of small exclusive groups with overlapping memberships who are out of touch with the larger community. Journalists need to contact residents and inclusive groups like the Bankers Hill Residents Group to obtain a better gauge of public opinion in our neighborhood.
Could we see some redevelopment efforts in neighborhoods that aren’t just an extension of the downtown area? Sometimes it just feels like the developers ran out of room in the Gaslamp and would like to extend their reach under the guise of “community redevelopment.” What about having some islands of redevelopment in other areas that grown and finally meet together?
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