Letters to the Editor

Owners of land downtown are criticized unfairly

I was appalled to read that private property owners in downtown Federal Way are being called “recalcitrant” by Leland Group consultant Anne Ricker (Oct. 22 news article, “Developers interested in Federal Way, land holders aren’t”).

Recalcitrant means “marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.” So, if a private landowner is making money on downtown property and presumably paying the city a nice bundle of taxes, but isn’t interested in making changes to suit the Leland Group’s vision of Federal Way’s future, then that landowner is defying authority?

Gee, these selfish landowners are only interested in making money. If I could afford to own land downtown, I would sure want it to turn a profit, and what’s wrong with that?

Do our city leaders want to usurp private land and turn it into public land? No, they just want owners to see the error of their profit-making ways and buckle under to the name-calling consultant group they hired to invent a future for Federal Way.

Ann Stroupe

Federal Way

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