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Posted on April 27 at 2:44 p.m.
Personally I like the idea of voting for the urban limit line by a ballot initiative...People who read the Newspress might do anything and the line needs to be there.
But to take up Mr. Pritchett's argument, the line will help define where "growth" does take place--lots downtown but some elsewhere. Good planning and architecture will do the rest. Bottlling up growth, my dear Mr. Pritchett, is the essential element so that construction doesn't go higgly piggly all over the place. Think Boulder Colorado...they have a line.
The Gaviota Coast is a gift of the Gods, don't mess it up.
Johnathansmith: Some of the new denser buildings on Chapala are just fine. Some are a failure. We need to constantly learn from both our successes and our failures. I believe the planning department does a regular slide show featuring failures for its planning staff. I can think of a few and they're not all on Chapala.
Why is the dialogue about building heights in this community so heated and so all or nothing?
Can we get back to Plaza de la Guerra now...I note that the refined editorial staff of the Independent now uses the term Plaza Vera Cruz instead of Vera Cruz Plaza...get with it...Plaza de la Guerra...fix it up please. Waiting 88 years for the finishing touches is long enough. Have a close look at the 1924 plan and what's making the rounds. It's better. You'll see.
Hey how about Jeff Shelton's "Ablitt House" at 13 West Haley!It's a beautiful thing. All tower-like and perfect. More of that please.
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Posted on April 24 at 5:09 p.m.
Mr Pritchett my excuses for bad spelling...must be the sangria.
That old saw: "Think globally. Act Locally." may have some relevance here. And at least let's be broadminded enough to link up our own downtown Santa Barbara with the urban limit line--"way out" there (as you put it) at the western frontier of Goleta!! (wow, not wanting to link those two means you must really be into the micro view of things). Take off your macro lens and grab your wide angle...
Posted on April 24 at 3:59 p.m.
My compliments to Martha Sadler and the Independent for their intelligent articles on this subject. We need this important journalistic addition to the political conversation.
This is an important set of issues. I am thinking about it as much as I can. Hope you are too. Even after reading Prichett's commentary and Francisco's remarks in Martha Sadler's article, I sense a consensus on holding the urban boundary line.
How do we assure ourselves that we can hold the line?
The architectural nuances of sun and light on the streets (see Vitruvius) and where the wind blows (Ibid) are criteria we shouldn't forget--and also views...and lastly don't forget the place where this "Roman-like Compromise" took place--Plaza de la Guerra. Get that right!
We gotta get a place for everybody to live--rich and poor. Seems basic to me.
Posted on April 24 at 2:49 p.m.
Ain't American pragmatism grand?...everybody believes everybody can get what they want.
I'm getting very suspicious of Das Williams though, he just wants to get elected and everybody is not going to agree to that.
Posted on April 6 at 11:09 a.m.
I am so happy with this story. Did you find my house? Any pictures of it. It's wonderful to be remembered as a forefather.Don Jose de la Guerra
On Santa Barbara Middle Schoolers Walk Into Spanish History
Posted on March 21 at 6:38 p.m.
Nice Pictures Sue!
On Travels with Barney
Posted on March 17 at 11:15 a.m.
Think everybody. What would the architect Jeff Shelton do?
On Height Fight on Chapala
Posted on March 16 at 8:33 a.m.
It is not a MEMORIAL. It is a fraudulent war protest.
On David Post -- 05/24/07 at Tecolote Book Shop
Posted on March 15 at 5:16 a.m.
Good morning Mr. Pritchett...that is not a very optimistic picture you're painting! What is the policy dimension of your comment?Build nothing? Only downtown? Up and down the Gaviota Coast? Only the Gaviota Coast? None of the above?
Do you have another alternative?
Or is it just: "raw political will, and just say no?"
I say (along with Dylan) "He who's not busy being born, is busy dying."
""People who live in densely populated places lead more environmentally friendly lives. They consume fewer resources per person and take up less space. And because efficiency scales with the size of the population, big cities are always more efficient than small cities."
Which is the more sustainable alternative...the spreading city or the urban city? Which is the more cultural alternative...the spreading city or the urban city?
Posted on March 14 at 6:43 p.m.
It's better than the gas station. We're lucky. Let 'er roll.
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