Walls and Bridges

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Mission Historical Park is one of the most significant locations of historical structures in Santa Barbara County. Some of the ruins in this area date back to 1806, before the current mission was built in 1820. It is crucial that this historical site is maintained and respected.

There is currently a proposal for a new, modern, free-standing pedestrian bridge to be built on the west side of the existing stone bridge over Mission Creek that was constructed in the 19th century. In addition, existing historical stone walls in the vicinity would be moved and significantly altered. Mission Canyon Road would be moved 10-15 feet to the east, at a combined project cost of millions of dollars.

The idea of radically changing some of the most historical and significant features in our area is as dismaying as it is horrifying. Santa Barbara is world famous for its architecture and historical preservation, as well as natural beauty. It is incomprehensible that the new bridge project could even be considered.

Local elected officials should strongly oppose this destructive Mission Canyon project. It is imperative to preserve this important part of our area’s history and Mission Creek.


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Maggie is indeed correct. The topography of this small part of Santa Barbara is relatively unchanged, including the confluence of the old water system, and there is no compelling need to change it. A lot of history and context will be lost. Traffic is not terribly worse than it was, say, 30 years ago so just what is the point?

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 6:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You shouldn’t be so surprised. These kids have no sense of history or tradition; to them it’s all about change: change for its own sake, not for the sake of history, beauty or even practicality. They are not pragmatic unless their concept of realism is all about them. Thus, they express themselves in the material world based upon their philosophy of life (or lack of it).

In this instance, I think that George Santayana said it best: “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

nativeson (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 6:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is the first I have heard about this proposal. Do you have a link to the exact proposal and who is proposing it?

If someone really wants to improve traffic in the area, put in a right hand turn lane on Foothill Rd. to Mission Canyon.

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 6:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually, I looked it up.

The details aren't there though.

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 8:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This article while correct in the intended impact is hysterically off base since there is a large civic coalition of neighbors and local preservationist organizations working diligently on this project known as "Safe Passages" for years, have conducted mutliple public hearings and is moving along with all due care and consideration to every concern this author has raised.

The goal is to enhance the public's safe pedestrian access to this historical corridor between the Mission and the Museum of Natural History and to mitigate the recurring traffic hazards this road section currently presents, which ironically seeks to prevent the ongoing destruction the historic walls experienced now as careless drivers race through this hazardous section of roadway.

The author badly misrepresents this project, its intent and the due diligence already shown by all who have actively participated in this project since its inception.

Numerous walk-throughs have been offered to the public to point out the current public safety hazards and historical landmarks that require preservation in order to make this project come together as an important civic improvement, which is just the opposite of what the author asserts.

This is why it appears you have not heard about this project even though numerous articles have been written about it for some time, because this author makes this long on-going project virtually unrecognizable.

There has probably never been a more comprehensive and cooperative coaliton of civic forces that have taken all due care than the "Safe Passages" project. It has earned public support and is a model of excellent grass roots volunteer efforts working with the stakeholders and not against them.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 8:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

too bad no one else heard of Safe Passages

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 2:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Search on the Independent for "Safe Passages" pulls up seven articles starting in 2012 including one about the recent large crowd that gathered to review finalizing plans:

This is not the sound of one hand clapping.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Large crowd meets to support Safe Passages - April 27, 2014:

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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