Letters to the Editor
The Alameda Sun obtained this letter sent to Mayor Gilmore and the city council:
Dear Honorable Mayor Marie Gilmore and members of the Alameda City Council:
Congratulations on receiving a grant from the regional active transportation program and continuing to make the City of Alameda biking and walking friendly. As you move forward with the cross Alameda connections, I would like to point out a severe gap in the paved pathways.
During my service as a member of the Recreation and Parks Commission, we allocated money from regional funds to help pay for the Bay Farm walking and biking bridge with the promise of a connection across town. This promise was never kept with the huge gap remaining from the Bay Farm walking bridge to Shore Line Dr./Broadway pathway. There continues to be no paved pathway behind the homes along the bay side of Bay View Drive. Biking and walking along this unfinished road is dangerous.
The original plan called for the path to follow the shoreline, like the path around Harbor Bay development. Hopefully, as you move forward to truly having a paved cross Alameda path, this gap will be closed.
I am baffled by the position that some Alameda residents have taken with regard to the Del Monte warehouse development project. There seems to be some people who are so opposed to change that they would choose to live in the midst of perpetual blight rather than risk the possibility of increased traffic and parking issues.
When my husband and I purchased our home one block west of the Del Monte warehouse we saw great potential in this neighborhood. We assumed and hoped that no vital city would allow a building as large as the Del Monte building to remain empty and declining for long. It’s been disappointing over the years to see it fenced with barbed wire and partially used. Bringing only huge semi-trucks to our small neighborhood streets.
Now that a viable plan to develop the building is on the table it is disconcerting to hear so much disapproval over the possibility of increased traffic. This development is quite small in the scheme of things to come for this city. There will need to be improvements to public transportation, including ferries and water taxis. But it is not reasonable to think that these services will be put in place before the demand is there.
I too commute through the tube at rush hour each morning so I’m quite aware of the congestion. But I will not happily resign myself to living in a blighted neighborhood so that I can save 15 minutes each morning on my commute. I also run the risk of decreased parking availability but am more than willing to risk this if I could live in a flourishing neighborhood that I could feel proud of.
We are fortunate to live in a very desirable community. There is development in our future and it’s smart to take a careful approach. But not all development is bad. There are many declining cities in this country that would love to be in our position.
The Alameda Sun received this anonymous statement via its website and found it amusing:
Started reviewing my sample ballot for upcoming local elections and exactly zero candidates are getting votes for the education-related positions. Y’all need to seriously upgrade your grammar game if you expect me to vote for you.