Road diet? No, city diet!

By From page A12 | April 20, 2014

The structural tax base of the city of Davis is years in the making. Past plans to limit commercial growth and expanded retail options force Davisites to do most of their purchasing out of the city. While allowing Target to open after a decade of debate has brought some purchasing back to the city, it was relegated to a corner of town farther in travel time for most Davisites than going to Dixon or Woodland. And we wonder why we have a revenue problem.

How funny that the “If the tax fails …” article wrapped to a column adjacent to a photo of the new traffic lights on Fifth and F streets where the caption celebrates the reduction in speed from 30 mph to 25 mph on what was once the Lincoln Highway.

Have our city leaders lost touch with the reality of family needs? How many of them have to shuttle kids across town between schools, sports and other activities?

I resent being asked for more money from a government that limits shopping opportunities and then spends funds on projects to physically constrict traffic, hoping that it will simply disappear.

While earlier articles pointed out that most funding is from grants from other governments (as if they don’t have revenue problems), the city soon will find that even more shopping dollars leave town, further cascading their need for increased rates.

Ryan Baum


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