To the Editor

January 8, 2013

By Contributor

Redevelopment plan

Goodbye to Issaquah as we know and like it

“There goes the neighborhood” as they say. Great job to the city leaders in OK’ing 125-foot tall buildings. It won’t be long and we will look like Bellevue and Redmond. What’s next, Seattle?

When I moved here in 2002, Bellevue didn’t look like it does today; five years later, I counted 21 high-rise cranes working one day. Is that what we can expect from this plan? Why can’t we preserve the small-town charm and look of Issaquah without rising to new heights?

Oh, that’s right, they buckled or maybe just slipped a little deeper into bed with Rowley development, who in my opinion has some of, if not the, worst-looking properties in the city. In case no one remembers, last year the city OK’d 150-foot buildings on about 80 acres of their land. I think it’s great they see the need for a long-term development plan, but I don’t believe increasing the height limit to 125 feet is the right thing to do.

They say the views of the mountains won’t be compromised because of the spacing between the buildings. Guess what? Bellevue has spacing too and all you can see is the building behind it. Thanks, council, for the upcoming lower property values, increased traffic, more than likely the loss of stream habitat and the definite loss of a charming little town.

Jeffrey Rowe



Bear killed

Watch for animals when driving

The bear mentioned in your Dec. 5 story was hit in front of our house, as was a deer not long before that and countless raccoons. We heard the impact of the car hitting the bear and went outside to investigate the noise, just in time to see the bear and hear his cry. His passing was quick.

After the sadness of his pain and reality of animals crossing roads settled in, I became upset about the absence of a skid or any attempt to stop before or after hitting the bear. Who does this?

My wife and I would like to see a wildlife crossing sign put up before our house and maybe the bushes in the median kept short to avoid a blind spot. The animals seem to get hit by southbound traffic as the animals are coming from Sixth Avenue, the corner of the new wildlife refuge area on Front Street South. We will call the city and put in a request for a sign.

Jason Blundell



County trail project

Complex project is overdoing needed improvement

The work being done off East Lake Sammamish Parkway from Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Way on the existing walking/riding trail on the old railroad grade is a GROSS EXCESS expenditure of tax money in the name of an “improvement”.

It looks like this county project is building a section of the interstate highway system on what was a very satisfactory walking and riding trail that only needed a hard surface for the bikers who don’t have mountain bike tires.

But instead, the county contract has built retaining walls, added more ballast on top of the old railroad ballast and on top of the existing 4-inch to 6-inch thick crushed rock surface installed a few years back, all in an effort to “improve” the trail. What a waste of tax money! The existing rock base was very adequate in thickness and width, even for vehicles. The trail just needed paving to take care of the bikers.

I would hope that in the future, King County administrators would be better stewards of expenditures than what is happening along this trail.

E. J. Dale


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