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Lake Grove plan deals with reality

To the Editor:

In regards to the (Feb. 21 Lake Oswego Review) article on Lake Grove, 'One vision, two views' by Sam Bennett, the opposing view seems to be under the assumption that development will not occur and that things are just fine the way they are.

Those for the plan's adoption would like to see anticipated development follow not just current code that allowed for 'the polished look' downtown, but for an overlay that aims to preserve and foster the recognizable and identifiable character that we need to keep in Lake Grove.

Neighbors and business representatives want some very simple things: Ability to cross Boones Ferry Road safely, to get in and out of businesses safely, to slow down traffic speeds through the corridor, to retain and enhance natural resources in the area, to have an aesthetic street frontage with uniform sidewalks, to have minimum right-of-way procurement, to have adequate buffers surrounding commercial properties.

This is what the plan tries to achieve. The opponents have a wealth of critique but a poverty of alternatives. The status quo, preferred by opponents, does not constitute a 'plan' for the future of the west end of town. The plan deals with current reality and attempts to problem-solve in an analytical and comprehensive sense.

And I am speaking as one of the 'moms and pops' on Boones Ferry Road.

Michael Buck

Lake Oswego

Why would it take so long to decide?

To the Editor:

I have been struggling with city Councilor Donna Jordan's comment that I read in the Review two weeks ago.

Referring to the city's purchase of the Safeco property she says, 'We need to reaffirm it was a good investment for the city, even though it may be 15 years before the city and taxpayers decide what they want to put on that property'.

I am trying to think of a reasonable scenario that might make her statement logical. Perhaps there is some hidden agenda that escapes me. Questions fly? Why would she say that? How old will I be in 15 years? What will building costs be in 15 years? What could possibly take so long to decide? Under what criteria is this a 'good investment'? If council cannot lead us to a decision on what to do with the property in 15 years, what does this say about their leadership or how 'good' an investment this was?

The Grand Cooley Dam, perhaps the single largest construction project ever completed in the US, took seven years to build. Twelve million cubic yards of concrete and 12,000 workers. Under councilor Jordan's scenario, we might not even be started in the year 2023.

Maybe I am just being unreasonable, do you think?

Gordon Umaki

Lake Oswego

West Bay water project criticized

To the Editor:

A headline on the front page of the Feb. 21 Lake Oswego Review 'A Fancy Way of Filtering Water' describes the unusual rock formation on 10th Street as a sculpture, water fountain, planter bed and water filtration system to cleanse water before it returns to the Willamette River and Oswego Lake.

The city also implemented a similar project last summer to filter and cleanse storm water on West Bay Road before it enters the Bay with a dozen or more planter boxes.

Take a drive down West Bay Road and take a look at the dangerous, unsightly planter boxes that we are living with. I am sure you won't be calling them sculptures or attractive planter boxes. Then start praying that a project like this isn't approved for your neighborhood.

Patti Sadowski

Lake Oswego