LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Look at our community through a tourist’s eyes
I have been a South Shore resident since 1980 and raised three children here. Over the years I have witnessed the slow decay and urban blight plaguing our area. It’s time our community leaders, business owners and residents take proactive steps to “clean up” and “save” Tahoe. Recently, while having pizza at the “Y,” just outside the window of the bar, where my family and I were enjoying the Giants game, my car window was smashed in and computers and a camera were stolen. When I met the South Lake Tahoe police officer at the scene I was told this is an ongoing problem throughout South Lake Tahoe. The bartender said the restaurant is continually being sprayed with graffiti. The parking lot had very little lighting – a perfect environment for the continuous crime. During the past summer, an out of area guest suggested we attend an early morning yoga class at the Regan Beach lawn area. The lawn was covered with dog feces and smelled all around us while dogs barked constantly. Recently, friends of mine visiting said they didn’t feel safe taking an evening walk by homes with bars on windows.
On another occasion, when my son returned to his hometown for a visit, he noticed several vacant retail spaces, along with several new businesses such as pot and pipe shops, porn and sex toy stores. Is this what is to become of the area? Perhaps if business owners installed good lighting and surveillance cameras to protect their patrons and the south lake police or parks manager or animal control officers patrolled our parks and cited offenders and residents organize neighborhood crime watch groups we might begin to see some beauty and prosperity return to the area. Visualize this town through the eyes of a tourist!