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‘Please, Mr. Wizer, put a stop to this plan’

In recent weeks, many letters have been written to the Review regarding the proposed plan for redevelopment of the Wizer block. The vast majority of these letters indicate, overwhelmingly, that our citizens are opposed to this plan.

These letters are an appeal to both our city leaders and Mr. Wizer to rethink this project. Since Mr. Wizer is the controlling interest in this property, I would especially appeal to him to listen to the citizens of this community who have been patrons of his stores for many years. This plan is another attempt, similar to the proposed Foothills plan, to move forward with a development that would fit well in the south Portland waterfront area.

I believe our citizens want Lake Oswego to remain a community of mostly single-family dwellings with the “proper” mix of businesses and multiple-family dwellings. A five-story complex with multiple-family dwellings of the size proposed are not what we want to see in our downtown area. I’m confident that a better plan can be developed.

Please, Mr. Wizer, put a stop to this plan.

Thank you,

Rick Moulton

Lake Oswego

Now is the time to develop Wizer block

In 1960, my father purchased a service station on the corner of State Street and B Avenue. It became Lake Texaco. I have lived in Lake Oswego since 1965.

Block 136 at State Street and A Avenue had a bunch of little shops, city hall, a gas station and fire department. At that time there were those who wanted the block to stay the same even though most of the buildings needed a lot of repair and, frankly, downtown was tacky. It took many years of “yes, we should do it” and “no, we shouldn’t do it” for the block to be developed into a viable business and shopping area. Now everyone thinks it’s great.

Now is the time to tie the downtown together by approving the development of the Wizer block.

Mark Jacobson

Lake Oswego

Recapturing our Christmas origins

In his Dec. 19 letter, John Schmidt, whose personal celebration of the birth of Jesus somehow requires that all Lake Oswegans unanimously agree to call a large, Safeway parking lot sequoia by the name CHRISTMAS tree (or he’ll take his two donated electric snowflakes and go home), encourages “those 80 percent of (us) who claim to be Christians” to “speak out and share our opinions and beliefs to help recapture the origin of the most incredible country on this planet.” The other 20 percent of us may shush, apparently.

Assuming that John’s “most incredible country” is these United States of America (for what was the divine purpose of Jesus’ birth if not to herald the coming of America?), then which Christian “origin” are we being implored to recapture? Are we recapturing the moment when Christian explorer and slave-trader Christopher Columbus “discovered” America in 1492? I’m guessing no, since Columbus did not convert the native “Indians” to Christianity. Spanish law forbade the use of Christians as slaves so conversion was bad for business.

How about September 1787, when America’s Christian forefathers established upon this earth the first nation to embrace the idea of church/state separation? Doubtful, since John eschews “all the poppycock about separation of government and religion ... no need to go there.” Nix the signing of the poppycock U.S. Constitution as the origin of this most incredible Christian country.

No, I’m afraid the Christian origin of America that John enjoins us to recapture is the Mayflower’s arrival in 1620 and the pilgrims’ subsequent joyous spreading of Christianity and death by smallpox amongst the indigenous original Americans. Yes, those were high times for Christians, for America and for the baby Jesus, times best recaptured by electrifying a giant parking lot tree for several weeks each December.

“And its name shall be called CHRISTMAS!” — John 12:19:2013

Burl Ross

Lake Oswego

Balconies are a must

I’m responding to the Dec. 19 Review citizen’s view (“Wizer has another option”) of a long comment from a man of the community who was objecting to the balconies that will appear on each unit. 

I am a Realtor, who has noticed in my travels that people who are moving from homes, where they are used to walking out the door to a yard, immediately ask: “Is there a balcony that’s big enough for us to entertain a few friends?” Constantly asked this! 

I have been aware of this beautiful project for quite some time now, and I’m constantly pleasantly pleased to see how the developers listen very carefully to LO homeowners and are quick to make significant changes to please the neighborhood. 

I would imagine there will be a few suggestions to what and what cannot be put on the balconies. I live five blocks from downtown LO in a condo and we have rules regarding how our decks should look. 

Would you really like to live where you can’t go outside? It’s called claustrophobia! I know the reaction I will get from buyers if I show them a condo with no outlet — just a chance to gaze at what’s going on. Never sold one yet. Patience! 

Sally Knauss


Lake Oswego

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