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UPLACE: City shouldn’t sell out now

Letter by Ruthann Reim McCaffree, University Place on May 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm with 2 Comments »
May 31, 2011 2:12 pm

Re:”Years of big travel over for UPlace Town Center” (TNT, 5-29).

It would be a real shame if readers were to lose sight of the long-term vision of what Town Center and University Place can become. By picking apart the financial decisions our civic leaders made years ago, in a completely different economic climate, The News Tribune risks fueling momentum that could result in a compromised version of our city’s future.

Town Center has not been stalled because a few city officials flew to Las Vegas, but because the country suffered an economic downturn and banks refused to lend. These tough economic times will pass, but the decisions we make today will have lasting impact.

It would be a shame if UP build a sub-par town center that mimicked every other strip mall, solely from impatience. Right now we lose 80 percent of our tax revenue to surrounding communities when UP citizens go elsewhere. A first-rate town center will not only serve our citizens, but will draw shoppers from the larger area.

Big-picture thinking demands recognizing that a quality town center will fill our coffers with more of the tax dollars we need. It is important to stay committed to the belief that University Place has a bright future. We have the chance to build something truly special.

I am proud of our leaders, what they have accomplished so far and how close they have already brought us to the finish line. It would be a shame if we sold out now and sacrificed our chance to achieve our full potential.

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  1. Ruthann I no longer visit University Place and when I do have to drive through the area,I can see the disaray that exist in U.P.But hang in there,because after many more dollars thrown at the problem, I feel eventually you will get what you demand,Or maybe Not!

  2. harleyrider1 says:

    When I moved to University Place in 1976, it was a beautiful place. As more and more people came from Tacoma and surrounding areas, they raved about what brought them there.

    Soon, they complained about what they “missed” from where they used to live. They wanted trees cut back, sidewalks built, streetlights installed. They toop up petitions to become what they had so quickly left: a City.

    They forced Joe Storitini’s wonderful restaurant and the Clock Tower to leave. They vacated a few homeowners, an apartment where disabled had lived for years and paid their rent, and a few pizza and chicken fast food businesses. They said they were going to build fancy condos and only have high-end retail.

    Now, University Place owes millions of dollars. A tiny community of 30,000 people owe millions of dollars and no way to pay it back without eventually raising their own taxes. Idiots. And why did this have to happen?

    Don’t blame the “economy” – it took years to get here. Blame the spend, spend, spend and no one (Not One Person) demanding the city put aside money for a rainy day.

    University Place is now a place where people live and complain about the economy. They did it to themselves. They ruined what they had. They allowed outsiders to change the community. Millions of dollars borrowed and they can only make payments on the interest. Idiots.

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