Sent to Ken Yeager, Councilmember for District
6, September 21, 2003
Dear Mr. Yeager:
I want to thank you for your support and speaking out on behalf of more
sensible "Planning Practices", especially with regard to the
current Alma Bowl site proposal.
I know that we can count on you to oppose the incompatible rezoning
proposal for the two 11-story high-rises at the Alma Bowl site. This
neighborhood is an older, historical one with mostly one-story houses.
The height is way too high and the project does not have any draws that
would keep the traffic at the site: meaning amenities that a transit
village would have. We do not want to build first and then wait decades
for the attractions to be added. There isn't even a grocery store within
walking distance, so everyone in that project will have to have a car
and use it anyway.
We also do not want incompatible hi-rises sticking up in odd locations
like pimples on a face. They belong in the downtown core like most cities
It still befuddles me as to why anyone would think that this is proper
planning at this time in history. Yes, everyone is in favor of having
more parks. That should not be the driving force. It's funny how one
developer's park fees can be spent miles away from their development
site. In other words, the public has no guarantee that the park fee
money will be spent at the very spot that it is needed. It's not really
funny. With this kind of density at this location, any park built here
would be full the very day it was opened!
What will be next, four 11-story hi-rises at Willow and Minnesota? Obviously,
this is a bad trend-setter. The Pruneyard Towers in Campbell were always
considered out-of-place, and they still are. These hi-rises belong downtown.
Please don't make San Jose an even greater laughing-stock than it already
is with regard to "the city that doesn't know how to plan"--as
San Jose has been the object of numerous university studies as an example
of what not to do. San Jose was used as the example in my Urban
Planning University class.
Also, please experiment, or have one of your office staff experience
traffic reality and attempt to get on the northbound Highway 87 on-ramp
at Lelong Avenue around 7:45 AM on a workday. Then imagine 50 to 150
more cars trying the same thing if this proposal is approved! Then have
them try it five days a week for a month. . . that would be a taste
of reality in this neighborhood.
Thank you for your kind consideration.