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Mr. Engles, decries the rampant growth of housing in our area (“Grass Valley’s ticking time bomb,” Feb. 5). But Mr. Engles seems to buy into the idea that we can have endless growth as long as it is “smartly” controlled. In a living being, endless growth is called cancer.

When cancer invades a body, it depends on a greatly increased blood supply to feed its growth. Now, one of the hot new treatments for cancer is to give a drug that destroys the cancer by preventing this new blood supply. Comparably, it is possible to prevent city-cancer on our land by preventing any growth of the city blood supply.

It is well established that building more roads to deal with traffic congestion will reliably increase traffic congestion; kind of a “build it and they will come” syndrome. The logical extension of this is to not build new roads or “improve” old ones, if one wishes to prevent city-cancer. The result of this will be lots of irritated drivers, but a general bad reputation that will keep drivers from moving here. Why do you think the north coast is so little developed as compared with more easily accessable places?



D.B. Cameron

Nevada City


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