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Jill Richardson, Dana Point
I have to express my disappointment in the way the Town Center is looking.
There is a lot less trees and greenery and much more concrete and traffic lights on Pacific Coast Highway (from Copper Lantern to Blue Lantern). It saddens me that the beautiful trees with yellow blossoms that provided shade to many people on that side street are gone. The exterior space of all the shops is now diminished to allow for more cars, not public art, or bike racks or benches, just cars.
What will the public benefit from the $7.7 million for phase two that was just approved? More concrete?
I urge every decision maker to: Keep all the trees on Del Prado Avenue and throughout Dana Point. We don’t need one more palm tree. We need a variety of trees on our city streets.
Provide other ways of getting around our city then cars. What happened to free trollies this summer? The trollies in Laguna Beach are packed with visitors and locals all enjoying the freedom of not having to deal with traffic. Dana Point is losing out.
Have bike stations where people can rent a bike, explore our beautiful city and be able to drop off a bike at another location. Boulder, Colorado has a great example. Also, have artistic bike racks. We need them. Also, get public input, hold open forums and open up the communication so we can all enjoy this city.