Letters to the Editor

Development in San Luis Obispo needs to stop

These March 2016 photo shows posts blocking through traffic on Luneta Drive.
These March 2016 photo shows posts blocking through traffic on Luneta Drive. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Those of us who have long lived in San Luis Obispo, where development was controlled for years because of lack of water, can’t help being very concerned about the building frenzy that seems to be happening in every corner of the city.

It’s not raining rain, but it’s raining buildings.

True, the new Chinatown project is beautiful, but too many developments are not, and some are downright senseless or dangerous.

The north part of the city around Foothill Boulevard seems to be the target of some of the worst possible projects. And after the planned minidorms for the Luneta/Palomar area, another developer is proposing a 43-foot-tall, four-story mixed-use project, with reduced parking, at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Chorro Street, where the old Mobil gas station used to be.

Those of us who regularly drive through this intersection know how dangerous it is right now. Imagine the nightmare this location would become with less visibility and with people trying to get in and out of the new building.

It seems to me that it is high time to stop the cupidity driven developments and focus on the welfare of our residents.

Odile Ayral, San Luis Obispo

  Comments