We can't have it both ways

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 12:54 a.m.
Residing in South Pointe, out Newberry Road, I travel 39th Avenue and 23rd Boulevard daily. I feel the brouhaha over a proposed development at Newberry Road and Fort Clarke Boulevard and the SpringHills development and extensions to Millhopper Road is knee-jerk thinking.
How many of those yelling over these plans moved here from somewhere else (as I did) and have contributed to the congestion?
Gainesville/Alachua County has to decide what it wants. If it's no growth and less traffic then that means no increased enrollment at UF or Santa Fe. No new UF graduate students. No new research departments at Shands, for its employees will need housing. No more medical complexes built near North Florida Regional, or new businesses in The Oaks Mall area. The roads are at "capacity."
No Chamber of Commerce or Tourist Bureau touting the "neat" stuff available here. No new businesses; they might bring in "outsiders." No one from surrounding counties working here or coming here to shop and spend their money.
For a city desiring a world-class university and top-notch medical complex, this is pretty narrow-minded thinking. All of these things will bring growth. People will attend, work at or use these facilities, and they will need homes and drive cars. New businesses will do the same.
We can't "close the doors" to Alachua County and have it be a viable, thriving community with decent jobs and decent wages. With all of that comes change and growth.

Patricia C. Sanders,


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