SOUTH PARK PROUD
After reading your neighborhood feature on South Park [“Neighborhood Watch,” March 2] I thought I might add a few observations from the perspective of an actual resident. So-called “gentrification” is a good thing for us homeowners because, yes, we do care about property values. Why else would anyone pay a half million or more for a 50-60-year-old home including the exorbitant property taxes that go along with it?
Regarding Target Express—some of us are quite happy that they moved in and replaced the old (and always empty) Gala Foods. Many of us prefer Starbucks (gasp) over Rebecca’s for that morning coffee and speaking personally, I’ve eaten at The Big Kitchen once and never returned because their food is “meh” and I really don’t need a side order of political commentary or activism with my breakfast, thank you very much.
I understand your journalistic need to produce an entertaining article which only features your hand-selected group of eclectic “South Parkians,” but had you talked to some actual residents you would know that our little enclave is better represented by the folks who are quietly working Monday to Friday, raising families and yes, enjoying living in this great little neighborhood but probably for reasons much more mundane than your story suggests.
Steve Andrews, South Park
HOMELESS AID NOT SEXY
Methinks your editorial [“Putting the ‘aid’ in a ‘convadium,’” March 2] will never fly because the powers that be want to provide a playpen for the millionaire mindless muscle merchants who will not find your idea “sexy.” John Moores ripped off the taxpayers in the Petco Park debacle and now he’s back for seconds to refill his pockets! If there is to be a new Charger stadium let it be in Mission Valley with the Spanos family having “skin in the game” equal to, at a minimum, the dollar amount of the relocation fee they’d have to pay to move to Inglewood to play second fiddle to the Rams in front of an empty stadium. San Diego’s version of the Gordian Knot will never be untied!
Lou Cumming, La Jolla
A downtown stadium, homeless support or not, is much more costly than people realize [“Putting the ‘aid’ in a ‘convadium,’” March 2].
1) The Q in Mission Valley still needs to be dealt with, demolished, etc.
2) Even if NFL and hotel tax builds a stadium, taxpayers will still be saddled with annual upkeep and eventual demolition of a city asset. Awful plan that is bad for San Diegans, regardless if homeless support is added in.
Scotsman619, via sdcitybeat.com
CITY VERSUS COUNTY
I can remember [San Diego City Councilmember] George Stevens saying homeless aid was the county’s responsibility and not the city’s [“Rebuking county homeless efforts,” Feb. 17]. He was legally correct, but morally he and many of us knew the city needed to take action.
Kirk Mather, via sdcitybeat.com