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Vote against preferred scenario change and Linsdsey Hill

Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dear Mayor and Councilors,  

I am writing to ask you to vote against the preferred scenario change for 500 W. Hutchison Street as well as against the “Lindsey Hill” project, if those issues should come to city council.

“High intensity, growth area” is not appropriate next to a well-established and successful neighborhood. I am asking for something very reasonable... compatible density and compatible use. I don’t think that is too much to ask for in an area that is currently classified as an “Area of Stability.” 

With the old LDC not yet warm in the grave, we see this proposal to do what we agreed should not happen: put high intensity, high density developments in established neighborhoods. This will make a mockery of the whole process of developing a preferred scenario map and set the precedent for total disregard for the preferred scenario and make the “protect the neighborhoods” phrase a satire. 

This will be the real “pac-man.” Developers eat neighborhoods. Developers eat historic properties. Chomp, chomp, chomp ... and hungry for more!

As a community we agreed where development should be directed. “The students have to go somewhere,” we heard. We thought that we had agreements about the areas that should be developed. Who has come to complain about the Lyndon in the old Springtown Mall? Who has complained about 13 stories at Concho Commons? The Local was passed with little opposition. We have kept our side of the bargain. 

Will you keep yours?

James K. Baker