Editor’s note: Here’s a letter in our local newspaper by Judith Berliner that is spot on. (As I mentioned the other day, I ordered laundry soap, dishwashing liquid from Dollar General to “test it out.” The box arrived late and was poorly packed).
But as for Judith’s argument, I would add that her point also should be part of the discussion when the Dorsey Drive shopping center comes up. (It will once the interchange opens). We need to encourage “smart growth” and preserve our ridge lines, views and so on. Is it possible to do both? Of course.
We just need smarter, more conscientious people involved with the execution — as well as the oversight. I wrote about this store last fall, but it didn’t get more widespread attention required — until the big, ugly building went up. It’s because our local media was clueless. Another example of “too little, too late.”
“I am so sorry that there seems to be very little foresight when it comes to Grass Valley decision making and planning.
“The new Dollar General, referred to as “the smallest big box store,” with their “very small footprint” of a building, has stolen our view of the remaining trees that could still be seen from certain angles in Glenbrook Basin. Wow, all that, and it will begin to chip away at the locally owned stores that have built our community. If that is not enough, their modified ‘standard cookie-cutter building’ is being built by a construction and management group from Texas.
“I can’t even imagine what the extra cars darting into the current traffic flow in Glenbrook Basin will do.
“In one recent issue of The Union, there is an article about a ridge line in Penn Valley that the county calls ‘visually important.’ The property owners are being told they can’t build there. I guess that ‘visually important ridge lines’ only apply to rural areas. Please shop local. Put your money where your heart is, and please vote. My dad, Harold Berliner might have said this better, but I had to say something.