It's back to the future sitting among Westside neighbors. This time well-informed, listening to an Olympia city planner rationalize why it is OK to build a 7-Eleven store at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Division Street.
Back in the early ’90s I was there listening to city planners rationalize why a Jack in the Box should go in at the other corner.
The same concerns were raised about traffic, the same information about big corporations creating a strip mall on Harrison were discussed.
Now it’s a proposal for a third store in a two-block radius that will sell mostly beer and wine, backed up to homes at an intersection that takes three lights to get through.
Since the Jack in the Box dispute, citizens, elected officials and planners created Olympia’s comprehensive plan. It was written so that citizens can define and impact the city they want to live in.
We have a plan and we are having the same old argument and the same old answers. Except now it costs $1,000 to appeal decisions. It used to cost $100. That is a lot of bake sales.
Follow the comprehensive plan and Olympia can be a pedestrian friendly, livable city we all love.