Letter to the Editor

Significant problems

San Luis ObispoFebruary 10, 2014 

I am profoundly saddened by Cal Poly’s decision to place the new 1,475-bed dorm in the backyard of Alta Vista and Monterey Heights neighborhoods.

Everybody knows of the already significant problems that exist here. It makes me wonder if Cal Poly wants to have a situation similar to Isla Vista and UCSB. Why not just completely buy our neighborhood out, and have northern San Luis Obispo as the “bedroom” of Cal Poly? Then they won’t have to worry about us complaining to the police about excessive noise, drunkenness, property damage and the like.

This was a “done deal,” when Cal Poly put a 2-inch notice in the paper in June, hiding their real intentions. They put on a dog-and-pony show in November after huge public outcry.

There are multiple other concerns too: Teach School relocating to the corner of Slack Street and Grand Avenue with 650 elementary schoolers descending on the same corner at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. Professors, staff and students all plowing though this intersection at the same time — it’s a perfect storm for disaster. So after years of us common folks saying what a good neighbor Cal Poly has tried to be, I don’t think so anymore.

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