Letters to the Editor

SLO’s proposed bikeway is an ‘urban rape’ of tranquil neighborhood

Former San Luis Obispo Mayor Ken Schwartz, a driving force behind the creation of Mission Plaza, is condeming SLO’s proposed Anholm Bikeway as “urban rape.”
Former San Luis Obispo Mayor Ken Schwartz, a driving force behind the creation of Mission Plaza, is condeming SLO’s proposed Anholm Bikeway as “urban rape.”

I see neighborhoods as the elementary social units in our community — the location of our most precious domestic tranquility and the basic building blocks of cities.

Tonight, you (San Luis Obispo City Council) have before you a request for permission to assault that tranquility in order to create a gigantic urban rape. Yes, rape! No other word would be proper. The rape will not be performed by a male penis, but by thousands of inanimate bicycles guided by individuals who will have absolutely no understanding of that precious tranquility they will be destroying in their mindless focus of getting from point “A” to point “B” with the least possible inconvenience to themselves.

This is an opportunity for each of you to demonstrate your humanity as well as your understanding of just how precious neighborhood tranquility is to San Luis Obispo citizens. Reject this proposal!

Ken Schwartz, San Luis Obispo

Editor’s note: Ken Schwartz is a former mayor of San Luis Obispo.

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