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Pave way for urbanization

The Realtor who represents the buyers of the 49er Firehouse concerns me when she writes about “attracting new businesses” and “economic growth.” Her “proactive approach” smacks of a wish to urbanize the area. “As long as it brings money in, quality of life be damned” is a mentality that I hope isn’t being espoused.

Many area residents already believe that the special places called Grass Valley and Nevada City are experiencing big city problems such as traffic congestion to a degree that is utterly undesirable. I guess a proactive approach would be to install more stop signs and traffic lights. And while we’re at it, let us build more supermarkets, gas stations, etc., to accommodate the burgeoning crowds. Also, let’s not forget to accommodate commercial interests by changing the zoning laws to suit their purchases.

Finite growth doesn’t have to be unrealistic or unattainable if our officials take the interest of area residents to heart. To change the zoning of the 49er Firehouse to render a purchase viable runs the risk of setting a dangerous precedent. If it were to occur, what sort of message would the Board of Supervisors be sending to its constituency?



Edward Szymanski

Nevada City


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