Get ready, it's a council election year
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on Feb 13, 2014
It's only February, but at least four candidates have filed statements of interest to run for City Council in the November election.
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posted Thursday, February 13, 2014, 11:25 AM
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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm
Once upon a time, city councils, managers and planners look to the future, the future was the suburban dream. Annexation of county land into cities created the land for homes to be built. The future were single family homes, low rise apartment building and strip centers. Thousand of homes were approved, buyers lined up and purchased new homes.
Young couples or whomever purchased homes or rented new apartments, which all required goods and services. More strip centers and shopping centers were built. They started having kids, schools become over crowded because of the post war baby boom. Schools were built with no thought other then classroom space, how fast they can be built.
The road system was starting to max out, just by the shear number of homes built, 2 land country in 20 years were to become 6 lanes expressways. More homes built, more roads.
Those children that were born become teenagers, so more and more high school classrooms were built, they learned to drive, more cars on the roads. More shopping centers were built, gas stations stood on ever corner, fast food places started appearing on the landscape.
The city managers, planners and council people keep approving more and more, finally long planned freeways were built, traffic grew worse and worse.
The children of the first boom, starting leaving schools, enrollment dropped, schools closed and sold off for more homes. No thought of more children Children of the first boom entered college, graduated or went right into work, they got married, had more children.
More cars on the road, more people living in the area, more homes were needed and apartments.
While all this was going on, a little home spun industry grew, Shockley, Fairchild, Intel and others. 2 young men from Homestead High School created a company, a company moved from the East called IBM, Xerox opened PARC, and they came, by the thousands.
Buying up homes, prices rising, sending the locals to move further or out altogether, people from the East, from Europe, from the Far East. Boom, then bust, then boom, then rose the great Silicon Valley taking down Boston's route 128.
They came and came, they left, they left, cycle around but the housing demand grew and grew.
While all this was going on the cry no new freeways, no more San Jose, no to bay fill, hillside development, and Coyote Valley was hands off. Urban limit lines were enacted and the city planners, councils and managers started looking to infill projects.
While I had the cry of They paved paradise and turned into a parking lot. That parking lot was created in the early 50's and kept going to the present day. Farms, small towns, little wide spots on the world, small schools and spring time blossoms give way to the miles of single family home, low rise apartments building, strip centers and horrible 6 lanes expressways.
Paradise was lost 60 years ago.