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CDA: Support no-growth candidates

| September 16, 2020 1:00 AM

Every golfer knows to walk gently on a putting green, but if a thousand golfers walk on that green, it will be ruined and lose its beauty, as well as its utility. Also, Coeur d’Alene, like a putting green, will lose its beauty if the town is choked with traffic and downtown looks more like a commercial center than a quaint, small town.

Most locals are deeply saddened of what’s become of the Coeur d’Alene they once knew and loved, and is disappearing under their feet.

It is no news that real estate values are skyrocketing. The big pockets are plowing their money into projects here to make a quick profit. But by trying to squeeze every nickel and dime out of Coeur d’Alene’s beauty and force high population density, the developers are slowly killing it.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We have to vote out the pro-growth and “controlled” growth politicians who want nothing more than increased population density and increasing land values. We should support people like City Councilman Dan Gookin, who recognize the long-term danger of growth. Smart tourist towns, like Jasper in Canada and Bar Harbor in Maine, enforce a no-growth policy. Tourists love these towns and their beauty remains intact for years to come.

To the Planning Commission, City Council and residents of Coeur d’Alene, please vote “no” on the proposed east-side, 275 unit, Hagadone Hospitality and similar projects.


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