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Letter to the editor: Loop road project is good for our community

Loop road project is good for our community

To the City Council: I believe that it is time for this community to start the process of developing a downtown area that visitors and tourists alike can be proud of. On a recent visit to Boulder, Colo., I had the pleasure to see just what a true community face-lift looks like. Their downtown area is a prime example of what Tahoe needs in our community — a beautiful, pedestrian/bike friendly area where tourists and locals alike walk the main boulevard — shopping, eating and socializing in one centralized area. I feel strongly that this could and should be our downtown. I am convinced that there is a way to create a loop road plan that best provides an overall community benefit. Just think about the benefits to our community: Increased retail sales — up to $25 million annually (according to one study), which would increase revenue to benefit both California and Nevada; consistent with the city’s general area plan; a much-needed face-lift — and infrastructure reinvestment; a real downtown; with shopping, restaurants and events for residents and visitors alike; better safety (wider sidewalks, more lighting, slower traffic, etc.); new buildings versus blighted conditions; an attractive gateway to area; improve air quality, upgraded best management practices and improved traffic flow.

I urge you to do what is best for our community by allowing the process to move forward and take the necessary steps to ensure a vibrant future for the South Shore.

Sue Novasel

South Lake Tahoe

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