Rapid Response

March 23, 2010

By Contributor

How do you think new retail developments, like Sports Authority and Best Buy, will affect the city?

Citizens will benefit in having to make fewer shopping trips outside the city.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Sports Authority is not going to be as diverse as Joe’s was — won’t add much value. Best Buy could save me a trip to Bellevue every now and then.

Geoff Carson, Issaquah

I believe they will be very welcome additions. They are stores from whom I made purchases. The parking and access will be very convenient.

Michael Powell, Issaquah

These chains will add needed jobs and enrich the retail environment.

Don Burnett, Issaquah

It is good to see some of the vacant big storefronts coming back to life. It would be nice if Issaquah could avoid becoming another collection of big box retailers that cause it to look like every other suburban city across the country.

Curtis Repp, Issaquah

It will obviously bring in more tax dollars and give citizens options for shopping. I’d rather see stores than empty buildings!

Michele Forkner, Issaquah

Are we planning development for the sake of development? What retailers would contribute to Issaquah’s problems and which ones have a history of partnering with communities?

Michelle Kolano

They will be great, but traffic will suffer. The intersections are already overused.

Monica Drakes

Ugly, mundane, imposing and does not complement the “village” appearance of Issaquah, but more shopping choices creates jobs and keeps shoppers’ money in Issaquah.

Gail Givan

There will be some tax revenue that will help offset some that has been lost. But at what cost? More traffic, fewer locally owned & operated businesses, more big box stores making us look like Bellevue.

Jim Harris

I am concerned about Issaquah’s image. Best Buy doesn’t seem right. Will they connect with and support the community or be large and transient?

Bernadette Anne

How should the Park Pointe transfer of development rights proceed?

Whatever has to be done to prevent development on Tiger Mountain should be done. If the builder has to build in Issaquah (if we can’t just buy them out), then have them build in areas that are already densely developed.

Barbara Extract, Issaquah

The fastest way possible to preserve what little “I-90 greenway look” Issaquah has left. Then again, perhaps it should be developed to balance out the eyesore on the other side of the freeway — the highlands.

Geoff Carson, Issaquah

It wasn’t smart to approve three urban villages back in the ’90s. Now, we need to try hard to save one of our “forested Issaquah Alps.”

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

It’s important for the city to preserve Park Point in its undeveloped state, due to concerns about traffic, nature conservancy and landslides.

Gail Givan

Kill it off already. Nobody wants it.

Jim Harris

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