I don’t know Bill Walters personally, but I wish the Tribune would toss him a bouquet. He owns a historic property across from the Monterey Place redevelopment project just approved by the San Luis Obispo City Council.
His gracious comments about accepting change downtown are noteworthy because of the rarity of having a homeowner near a larger project acknowledge that our city will always be changing — not always for the better, but often enough that we keep trying. I applaud this man and hope that I could be as gracious if it were a change that affected me. I have lived in cities, towns, suburbs and gated communities.
The more “exclusive” the community, the more hostility to change I have seen. I believe urban neighbors have to accommodate each other, and I applaud Bill for setting a great example for the rest of us NIMBY types to consider.