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Letter: ‘Déjà vu all over again’ regarding Loop Road project

Living in Meyers it is “déjà vu all over again” as the press conference by Tahoe Transportation District sounds like beating a 30-year-old dead horse by a government bureaucrat to justify their job — just like the Meyers Plan.

Saying a ballot measure is motivated by fear sounds about right. What is not to fear about a four-lane highway through a residential neighborhood, the displacement of families by the same, and the loss of revenue by the new businesses filling in the hole in the ground because traffic they rely on will be diverted around them? The reason for promoting this plan is to make the casino corridor more “pedestrian friendly.” Why will 20-foot-wide sidewalks between big buildings be more friendly than 12-foot-wide sidewalks? Except for New Year’s Eve, you seldom see more than a couple of people on the sidewalks there and they are just looking for a door into the casinos. All the public meetings to solicit public opinion were a red herring.

You may notice that these public opinions are only included in the plan as non-preferred options while not changing the preferred options. They’re good talking points though to appeal to those of you with your brain in neutral. Including “affordable housing” sounds good, except I doubt that the displaced families will want to live in barracks. Saying that it won’t cost the city anything except lost tax revenues because it will be funded by state and federal funds doesn’t mean that you won’t pay for it. Those funds were your money in the first place.

Harold Parks

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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