In a 3-2 vote June 17, the Dana Point City Council approved allocating $7.7 million to phase two of Lantern District street improvements along Del Prado Avenue. The rendering pictured shows what the city hopes the street will look like upon build out. Courtesy rendering
In a 3-2 vote June 17, the Dana Point City Council approved allocating $7.7 million to phase two of Lantern District street improvements along Del Prado Avenue. The rendering pictured shows what the city hopes the street will look like upon build out. Courtesy rendering

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.

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  • Based on the rendering I see above I doubt I will spend much time in Town Center. I’ll leave it for the tourists. They’re pretty much clueless about the area anyway.

  • Unfortunately the rendering is no where close to the reality. Showing one car going down the street with lots of empty parking spaces. The reality is cars backed up waiting for someone to open up a space to park and circling endlessly to do so. Cyclists pushed between the parking spaces and the onslaught of hurried autos trying to just get through the bottleneck. The added retail and crowded one lane road from what was a main through fare 4 lane road. This is a main traffic road of people traveling down the coast of California not a back street promenade shopping district. The unfortunate truth is the powers that be are interested in revenue only and it will be their doing that will be the demise of this town. Tourists are not going to have a place to park nor will locals and the new businesses filling up the proposed 4 story buildings will suffer from the clutter. This will be known as a congested tourist trap that was poorly planned.

    • I can’t agree more. Dana Point has always been a drive-thru town so where do you think the daily commuters will go? Side streets that’s where. I have already seen an increase in traffic on Stonehill/Selva. Looks like a local disaster in the making to me.

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