Thoughtful urban development: too much to ask?

07/25/2014 2:07 PM

07/25/2014 9:07 AM

"Commission scans tower proposal" (Our Region, July 25): Downtown development, historic preservation and respect for community should not be a zero-sum game. Beverly Hills developer Kennedy Wilson has positioned the Sacramento Commons Project into a take it or leave it proposition. No concessions to current property owners. No concessions to preserving the tree canopy. No concessions to the award-winning mid-century "Towers in the Park" architectural design that created the existing, high-density housing. Not even an acknowledgment that the proposed footprints bulldoze over deeded easements owned by others.

The community has voiced concerns, only to be drowned out by monetary behests and political backroom dealings. The proposed mid-rise will put Bridgeway Tower in the shadows with a wall of renters 80 feet high and 35 feet from our balconies. This design violates all planning rules, yet city officials seem posed to ignore principles in blind alliance to urban development at any cost.

-- Julie Mumma, Sacramento

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