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.