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UPLACE: Don’t saddle us with grandiose plans

Letter by Randy Chushcoff, University Place on May 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm with 6 Comments »
May 31, 2011 2:09 pm

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

As a longtime resident of Tacoma, and now new resident of University Place, I’ve read your series of articles on the UP Town Center with keen interest.

UP chased out existing successful businesses and replaced a relatively new library with a new, expensive library. All of this was in the hopes of attracting upscale businesses, which have shown little interest in locating to an area that has no easy access to freeways.

But it doesn’t end there. Our county government has built a new “destination” golf course in UP and has priced its greens fees beyond the reach of many of its citizens. It has lost money every month since it has opened, and has yet to attract a hotel/motel chain willing to build on its grounds.

Finally, many of our regional politicians continue to promote a fixed-rail system that has been fraught with legal and budgetary issues, provides meager ridership and has strapped the residents with the highest gas tax in the region.

Elected officials should “serve and protect” the citizenry, not saddle them with grandiose plans for leaving “their political legacy.” We are all better off when elected officials park their egos and think critically as business owners must do to survive.

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  1. Publico says:

    The library is fabulous even if no retail shops come. I love the golf course and the connected trails and park areas. Light rail only needs time to grow to be a great utility just like the trains in Europe. They are all wise expenditures to improve the quality of life for everyone who wishes to use them.

  2. what Publico should have said was, all these expenditures will improve the quality of life for everyone who can afford them.Randy Chushcoff makes many valid points,but there are too many of the populance with their heads in the sand to get the message.Doesn’t all these doings make you want to continue the terms of the present Representitives?

  3. Publico says:

    The library is free. The trails and open spaces at Chambers Creek are free. The light rail and bus fares are low enough to almost be free. What’s your real complaint?

  4. harleyrider1 says:

    Are the parks and trails “free”? Who paid for them and who pays to maintain them, to keep them “free”?

    That is the problem. Some folks don’t stop to think that taxpayers are saddled with continuous debt by elected officials. Spend, spend, spend.

    Why have accountability? No one seems to want to stop the gravy train. U.P. is the best local example of a handful of people moving there from a “city” due to what they found, only years later to make it into where they came from.

    Now, U.P. is in debt for millions of dollars, has no base other than its citizenry to pay this off, and continues to elect the same kind of people to continue the smoke and mirrors.

    University Place needs to go back to what it was when everyone wanted to live there. Outsiders came in 20 years ago and destroyed what it was.

  5. itwasntmethistime says:

    harley, Publico’s point was that many of these amenities have no user fees, as sincere suggests in the previous point. There is nothing stopping rich and poor alike from enjoying the new library or hiking the trails at Chambers. I’m plenty irritated that they spent way more money than necessary on the library, but to say that the poor are edged out from using it isn’t correct.

  6. Publico says:

    If the Chambers Bay golf course never makes enough money to pay all its expenses, it is still worth every cent. Ask the 1000’s who use it for other than golf daily, weekly or monthly.

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