LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Will candidates face blight issue?
I am waiting to see if any of our City Council candidates are willing to address one of the most depressing issues our small city faces: blight!
Most of us travel Lake Tahoe Boulevard on a regular basis. The stretch from the gigantic fenced-in disaster pit near the casinos all the way to the the “Y” is an embarrassment to our community and our honor. Oh my gosh! Such bulwarks to the area as El Dorado Savings, Meeks Lumber and the “fantastic” amusement park present such a horrible and shameful face to our city that we should all bury our heads in the muddy shores of El Dorado Beach (another historical planning department disaster). So, is there no pride in this community? Is it all about economic development at any cost? Oh, please! Opening the joke airport to commercial air traffic is just as bad an idea as going to war over Bush’s weapons of mass destruction.
When will the people of this world-class environment wake up to the unique treasure they have here? Surely many of the the landlords, second, third and fourth homeowners, and absentee business owners have traveled to the humble cities of Park City, Utah, Vail and Aspen, Colo., Olympia, Wash., Victoria and Whistler, British Columbia. Sheeesh, even lowly Soledad, Calif., has better street beautification than South Lake Tahoe!
Come on, candidates. Buckle up and face the real issues: Blight repels tourists. If you want a world-class city to go along with a world-class, God-given environment, campaign on redevelopment. Check out what grants from the feds are available; go for it.
South Lake Tahoe