Letters to the Editor

Downtown isn't for walkers

Personally, the concept of a “walking” downtown is not viable. It is too spread out now to remedy. The compact streets and “villages” that are the key to walking, like La Conner and Leavenworth, won’t happen here. Shuttle buses: Waiting in the rain, hassling packages? Park and then walk blocks between stores with purchases in tow? I don’t think so. The municipal center should remain apart for easier access, avoiding the shopper melees. Do seniors need consolidated services, or would distributed locations reduce crowding?

With the smaller communities refusing to challenge Seattle’s high-priced development and allowing them to force the low-value residential services on us, maybe we should just make Federal Way a convenient bedroom community?

The City Council should really analyze development and determine if we are getting value for the inconveniences.

Terry Slaton

Federal Way

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