The park was horribly planned, crowded and will add no value to the area. The one-bedroom units are tiny and crammed together. Cars parked in the driveways are unable to open their doors without hitting the neighboring unit. The bedrooms are barely large enough for a queen size bed. The lawns and landscaping is non-existent, a far cry from the picturesque scene on the Sandpiper billboard. What type of miniature people did the planners envision living in these shoeboxes?
The developers were clearly thinking about maximizing profits instead of quality of life. There could have been a very nice park built, but instead we get this. Whomever was responsible for allowing this project to go forward has done an injustice to Arcata.
Solution: The city should pay the panhandlers to pull the weeds that are growing in the newly "landscaped" entrance to Arcata. The classier aesthetic would certainly deter more vagrants from coming here. The city could pay the itinerant workers in community currency, a currency that is for another community (genuis, I know). They would then have to leave our fair city to be able use their hard earned "Plaza-Bucks". We could use our sister city in Oaxaca as the other community. The perma-stoned plazoids wouldn't know the difference once they take a maria-de-juana siesta in their newfound home's plaza, or "plaza" in espanol. If we end up getting a bunch of Oaxacan panhandlers up here trying to spend their "Plaza-Pesos", we could just have them deported! I see this as a win-win-lose-win situation for everyone. Vote Peter Panhandler for Arcata City Council in 2013!!!
A very well written article shedding a much needed sliver of light upon the vast difference between the east and west. There is so much to learn from our global opposites. If a balance between the Asian work ethic and American free spirit were found, our human civilization may just have a chance. Thank you Josephine for the insight and inspiration.
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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