Re: “Maybe all of Tacoma will soon feel Proctor’s growing pains” (Matt Driscoll column, 5-21).
Boy, are Proctor residents a bunch of helpless crybabies! According to Driscoll, not only are we “disconcerted” and “frightened” by change, we then resort to “bellowing” and “hollering.”
Rather than promoting a nuanced look at the issue, Driscoll paints the outcry over the planned developments in dismissively cartoonish terms.
Of course a range of opinions are being voiced. But fear of development is not the overriding concern; rather, it’s the massive scale of the new structures. What effect will downtown-sized buildings with expensive retail spaces have on the livability of this “Main Street” neighborhood and on the viability of its existing businesses?
Proctor has achieved that rare blend of shops, services and institutions that, together, meet residents’ everyday needs, minimizing the need to jump in the car. It’s a valuable example of how we might really develop a sustainable community.
So, the argument is not about density versus sprawl. The argument is about promoting the kind of density that will actually create sustainable communities. By peppering a neighborhood like Proctor with Bellevue-sized buildings, we may be losing a great opportunity to achieve density effectively.