Letters to the Editor

Pedestrian-friendly feeling won't ever happen here

I would like to echo the concerns so well-presented by Clara McArthur in the Forum March 29 (“We the taxpayers are feeling tapped out –– so no, we’re not with you”). Our tax dollars aren’t being taken good care of by the present “responsible” persons. Studies to support their wishes, back-door negotiations and other shenanigans have been reported before.

Their vision for Federal Way is clouded.

I take issue with the desire to create a pedestrian-friendly downtown. A person can’t carry parcels back and forth across South 320th Street or Pacific Highway. We need our cars: Time is the important commodity that we’re trying to save. The friendly feeling that seems to be desired –– like La Conner, Leavenworth, maybe Kirkland –– won’t ever happen here. There are nine lanes at South 320th and Pacific to cross, and it’s a race even for a fit young person. Too bad if you need a cane. And there are crosswalks on Pacific about every four blocks –– really friendly conditions for pedestrians. Heaven help you if rain and six lanes of divided arterial and 45-miles-per-hour traffic combine on your foot-powered shopping trip.

Until support communities get their share of the business-generated taxes of Bellevue’s and Seattle’s multi-story high-rises, we are destined to have an economy based on lower-income support housing for the office workers that have to commute. Some of those are just driving through to Northshore without having to pay for the traffic impacts. They aren’t going to stop to walk around Federal Way.

Terry Slaton

Federal Way

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