As often happens with my blog posts, I sat down to write about one subject and have taken a hard turn in another direction. But I have a concern...
Thursday night, November 13, more than 100 people showed up for a standing-room-only meeting at the LH recreation center to discuss DART's design plans for the LH Town Center station. It got a little heated when DART disclosed that they plan to build a "kiss and ride" station (no parking) instead of a "park and ride." This upset former city councilman Bill Blaydes and others who recall that original discussions included DART and developer Prescott sharing the cost of a parking garage for the station. Some residents were further whipped up when DART indicated that they hope to provide walking and biking access to the station from the east (perhaps via a bridge). White Rock Trail can't handle additional traffic, angry neighbors stressed.
After speaking to several attendees and reading the circulating email avalanche, I can't shake a nagging worry. More and more, it seems the "respected and seasoned veterans" of our community and the "cute young families" moving here in droves don't see eye to eye. I hope someone will tell me I'm wrong (somebody always does when I post), because THAT problem would be a heckovalot more serious than inadequate parking. The most valuable feature this neighborhood has, the very foundation on which our success is built, is our community spirit and unity.
In every organization in LH, from homeowners associations to PTAs to booster clubs to Women's League to Exchange Club and beyond, enthusiastic young members are bringing fresh new ideas and energy. Nothing could be better for our quality of life and our property values. But the vast array of accomplishments and experiences of the "been there, done that crowd" have value, too. It's time to brainstorm about ways to harness and merge the two for the benefit of the entire community. And it's time to recognize that someone else MIGHT just have a helpful perspective, different from our own.