As You See It, March 9, 2014: One-way bog on Mission
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#1 Mar 8, 2014
The one-way traffic mess along Mission
The city is doing it again. When Long's on Mission Street was built, all the surrounding streets were made one way to appease the "neighbors group" that springs up every time traffic looks to change. The fast-food cluster also brought a protective one-way street.
Now all the streets on the south side of Mission between Bay and Laurel have been made inaccessible from Mission -- they're one-way from California. We paid for streets we can't use, and reversed all the traffic planning that went into the area. Those who bought homes on a street connecting to a state highway can hardly be surprised that, as traffic increases and businesses change, the streets will continue to bear traffic leaving the highway. It's simple. If you don't want traffic, don't buy a house near a busy highway. Houses on low-traffic streets cost more. Take the plunge -- and take your chances with a changing neighborhood, such as the huge residential/work project going in on Delaware. Should those of us living near it work to get Oxford, Alta, Plateau and all the other R-1 residential streets shut off from the coming traffic increase? With no way for town-bound traffic to leave Mission except Bay and Laurel, with their signals and right-turn backups, the resulting traffic jams are more than enough evidence: Closing these streets was worse than a bad idea. Think of emergency traffic. I've seen fire trucks stuck in traffic, and have had to use these forbidden avenues to clear the way. Local businesses, including Westside Pharmacy, have petitions to sign. Those who want to use the streets they pay for should sign them. And city leaders should realize that the "Whatever Street Neighbors" have been overtaken by growth and change.
John McNicholas, Santa Cruz
* I so agree. Streets are for public use and travel. Nepotism strikes when they close them in certain areas. hmmmmmmmm. SC does need some whistle blowers on other subjects than 'the homeless rights'
#2 Mar 8, 2014
Plus we got Steve's letter as well; equip popcorn supplies for THAT one....
#3 Mar 9, 2014
"They are learned from a real book with pages that students turn and keep their place with a bookmark. They are learned with a paper and pencil they remove from a bulging backpack with books. They are learned from teachers focused on fundamentals."
I am NOT in favor of the taxpayers footing the bill for these chromebooks either. Tech should be DONATED for free to schools. However the letter writer is just a follish old codger stuck in the stone age. Paper and pencil???? SRSSLY ever hear of voice regognition dictaition and voice command software you dried up FOSSIL? WEARABLE heads up displays like Google Glass? The information age has EMPOWERED US ALL. A computer is not just another gadget. It's modern day magic, science, art, and culture all rolled into one. YOU ARE BLIND. Luddite.
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