Consider the future of east Gainesville

Published: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 10:51 p.m.
As Butler Enterprises steams ahead with plans for a four-lane 24th Avenue, as our legislators present Alachua County with a "gift" we cannot afford and as our county commissioners ignore the consensus of public meetings and staff recommendations, we need to think about the future of east Gainesville.
If you lived there, how far would you be forced to drive to purchase a pair of shoes, a special dinner or a suit for your child's graduation? If the Butler behemoth succeeds in adding more retail, will any fine shops and restaurants appear in east Gainesville?
With planning that considers the entire community, rather than just Butler Plaza, is it possible that residents of east Gainesville could gain enhanced access to jobs and shopping, enjoy a more livable community and a reduction in destructive behaviors such as crime and vandalism?
The County Commission knows the full cost of this project. Commissioners are aware that moving forward with plans for a four-lane 24th Avenue will actually result in an expenditure of millions of dollars. Other transportation needs will go unmet as the county scrambles to meet federal standards for this unwanted, unneeded road.
Gladys and Warren Lane, Gainesville

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