Letters to the Editor
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.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, I decided to stroll up Park Street from Lincoln for some exercise. As I passed the Park Street businesses I couldn’t help noticing how many of them had few, if any, customers and the intense heat shooting out of so many of these stores clearly explained why so many of them were empty. The panting employees inside were a sad sight also.
I’m sure air conditioning is quite expensive, but I’d imagine it not being anymore expensive than operating businesses with no customers.
I’d advise these businesses to begin thinking about their customers’ (and their employees’) comfort because it appears unsettled and unpredictable weather will be with us for quite some time.
Could this be why there seems to be such a high turnover of businesses on Park Street?