|Letters to the Editor - January 28, 2013|
|Written by Readers|
It is heartening to know that our fearless city leaders are possibly no longer breaking any state laws when they “imagine” Woodinville.
I read where City Manager Leahy commented on yet new “standards” that are intended to “establish an overall design plan for future development in downtown consistent with its desired image.”
Now I find a number of things interesting here.
Foremost of course is the anthropomorphizing of the city in that the city has “desires.” But we know of course that it is not the city but the imaginations of the city leaders who pine for an upper scale shopping district in the downtown core that would cater not to the vast majority of Woodinville residents but rather would cater to the city leaders and their small group of wine-sipping and hot-air- balloon-riding friends.
Once again city leadership ignores the needs of the vast majority of Woodinville residents, a group that is decidedly middle class and lower.
I read that Mr. Leahy gave his State of the City address to the attendees of the local Chamber of Commerce, a group not necessarily representative of all the local business community but a group that does tend toward a belief in the “free market.” And that “free market” is telling our city leaders that the downtown core is decidedly middle class at best.
Yet the city leadership refused to acknowledge the obvious, and one could hear all the way to Bothell the howls of disgruntlement emanating from City Hall when the “free market” decided what to do with the long abandoned QFC building. But the city pushes on with “standards” and codes that they imagine will re-create the city of their desires. Some of these new standards and codes will put a damper on some existing business plans that do not fit into the city leaders’ imagined community.
But of course such businesses do not even exist in their minds.
Look, if there was a market for an upscale retail development in the downtown core then the major landlord and its management group would not need the City’s assistance in creating such a development.
But until TRF decides to build out an upper scale retail space on their properties, which is the majority of the downtown core, it is all just a pipe dream for our deluded city leaders.
As I noted, at least such imagination activities are now legal in this state and I should maybe head over to City Hall and ask them to pass their pipe over to me.
R. Jaffe, Woodinvill
I am encouraging everyone to attend and have your say in what you would like to have in your local park.
Remember, this park is to improve the area for any negative effects Brightwater has brought to the local community.
I will be there along with other members from Neighbors to Save Wellington Park. Remember this is not a done deal and you still have a say and can make a change on what style of park the mitigation money goes to build in our neighborhood.
Please pass this information on to your neighbors, friends and family.
Todd Bailey, Woodinville