LO should welcome all

No, I don’t know what the right design is for the Wizer Block. Yet I see in the opposing letters an ugly side of LO. No matter the design or redesign of the Wizer Block, it is apparent the “unwashed” are not welcome in LO.

Live here if you have money to own. Heck, an entry-level home in LO, per a real estate website (RE/MAX), is $220,000. We would prefer you’d buy something more to LO standards (such as the new monster village-style homes opposite the church on A Avenue, for example).

Only if you can afford it are you are welcome into our quaint village of Lake Oswego. Others, such as renters, need not apply.

John Bogdan, Lake Oswego

Finish city’s original vision

“Have Courage. Go Forward. Make Noise.” — Pope Francis

The current citizen complaints about the proposed Wizer Block development mirror those about the proposed Lake View Village in 1998. Back then, editorials in The Lake Oswego Review included comments about the development bringing “too much business to downtown,” being “too tall,” and “too big,” bringing “too much congestion” and then “nobody will pay those rents.”

I have to admit that I was one of those development skeptics. And I was wrong! Thankfully, Lake View Village was given the green light to go forward by city visionaries, and today we all enjoy the fruits of that progress.

I have recently returned from a trip to Italy, and downtown Lake Oswego and the surrounding neighborhoods remind me of the beginnings of the small European towns. Those towns emphasize the closeness of housing to retail and commercial in order to create an environment in which to walk, shop and play. Our farmers market will benefit greatly from the closeness of those who choose to reside in our core, and so will our best-of-its-class retail.

I find it refreshing to see that the Wizer team listened to community and Development Review Commission concerns and proposed a revised plan. I hope it will come to fruition and complete the original vision for our charming European like downtown.

“Pax et bonum (peace and all good).” — Kevin Welch

Kevin Welch, Lake Oswego

Who should keep our schools clean?

While reading an article in The Review (“It’s not the work of a genie,” July 24), a perverse thought struck me: Why not have all students participate in cleaning our schools? It is they who create much of the mess and primarily for them that the school is cleaned regularly.

Students would learn discipline, cleanliness, teamwork and also realize that if they are a bit more tidy themselves, everyone saves time in not having to clean up after them.

It is a break in tradition for our schools and would no doubt be scoffed at by students. That is, unless some student leaders advocated and physically participated in the effort.

Not much budget may be saved initially, but there should be savings over time.

My guess is the main sticking point would be parents, most of whom would be non-supportive and feel it is beneath their children (and perhaps themselves) to perform such a menial task.

A perverse idea.

Jim Radda, Lake Oswego

Wizer Block

Every town has a Wizer Block

With its own brand of sticker shock.

Suddenly there’s a faction

For separate ways of taking action.

Does greater downtown density

Elevate sex intensity?

Will construction emanation

Add to ozone degradation?

Do ambitious civic movements

Lead to damage by improvements?

James Fleming, Lake Oswego

Just say no!

Many thanks to Development Review Commission Chair Bob Needham for making a valiant effort to spell out the city’s guidelines for the development of Block 137 during the commission’s recent hearings.

These mandatory provisions for development have been honored up until now. The intentions for Block 137 were clearly stated to be primarily a retail shopping center. Bob called this proposed development a “residential conglomeration with a small amount of retail thrown in.” But another commissioner sounded like he was working for the developer instead of the citizens of Lake Oswego.

How blind can those in authority be to not see that 400 or more new residents in that one block would bring at least that many vehicles with them? What about U.S. Mail and UPS trucks, in addition to garbage and recycling trucks that would crowd the streets? All of these additional vehicles would bring a considerable amount of congestion, noise, pollution and danger with them.

The noise factor has not been addressed. When the tenants leave their windows open, there could be a cacophony of sounds. This may be disagreeable to other people, especially the few brave shoppers. How can a block of apartments attract other people to our downtown? They would more than likely stay away in droves. They would find much more “shopper-friendly” areas to visit, instead of a gated-off courtyard, a private gym and a private library — amenities which would be for tenants’ use only.

Neighbors, do you really want our $5.5 million to go toward destroying our village character and atmosphere? If this monstrosity is allowed to be built, no longer would Lake Oswego be a small town in which one would be proud to live, but would instead simply be another dirty, noisy city.

If we the citizens are permitted to vote, please just say no!

Rosalie Justen, Lake Oswego

DRC got it right

Last week, the Development Review Commission got it right in turning down the Block 137/Wizer project. The rational was also good — it just does not fit with our village character as described in the city’s Urban Design Plan.

The proposed development is just too massive for our four-block compact shopping district and doesn’t contain nearly enough retail space, as commissioners said. Perhaps the developer saw this as a residential project all along?

Mr. Wizer should now rethink the entire thing. Perhaps some additional tenants and a remodel of the famed shopping center?

And the City Council should amend code to allow only two-story buildings in the compact shopping district.

Gerry Good, Lake Oswego

Kudos for Chuck’s Place

Chuck’s Place on B Avenue is a delightful addition to Lake Oswego. The coffee is great, the food is freshly baked and delicious. I am particularly fond of the blueberry muffins.

You can find a nice place inside or on the patio to join friends and relax. The ladies who take your order are pleasant, and I have found it a wonderful place to start my day!

Mary Putt, West Linn

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