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Picture this: A quiet, peaceful waterfront at dusk where you and your family can go feed the seagulls and take a relaxing walk around the area whenever you want, and for no reason except that you just wanted to get away from the manic world around you for awhile. No TV, no cell phones, no tablets, just you and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge surrounding you.
This is the way it is now, and was to a larger extent the way it was 20+ years ago; I should know, I grew up in Hood River and was always excited to visit the waterfront with my family.
Now, if and when this residential zoning mistake happens, none of us will get to enjoy that, save for the lucky few families who will live down there. Oh, wait, it's gonna be outlandishly expensive, so only the richest of the Hood River area residents could live there. Also, as it's mixed zoning, you will have industrial complexes there, too. Guess what? There goes your scenic environment, your peaceful walks along the waterfront because it will be so crowded that there will be no place to go hardly, and don't forget about the littering and destruction of property by careless folks. (oh, wait, nobody does that anymore, right?)
So, instead of a peaceful, serene waterfront after 5-6 pm, there will just be more clogged roads, jam-packed lots with 4-story houses that violate building height code, just like a couple of buildings on the Heights do already, and crowded living spaces. Remember what happened on 13th street? That same type of development will likely happen on the waterfront, too. Peaceful, scenic views of the Gorge will be uglified up by cookie-cutter residential buildings, more than likely condos. What happens then? Why not put a massive waterfront park down there like the one in Portland; you know, the one that was planned, advertised and hyped up so much but got scrapped halfway in? A FREE area that everyone could enjoy, and families could come down and get out of the house for awhile and enjoy the waterfront? Oh, yeah right. That wouldn't generate nearly as much revenue as residential buildings, would it now?
Residents and those of you who honestly love Hood River and enjoy being here, please let these people on the Port Commission know that we want our waterfront park, so at least we can grow in a similar direction to Portland, which will be a key factor in our city's economic development, and you would have happy residents instead of a huge backlash from concerned residents, and there will be a huge backlash if our waterfront turns into a crowded, traffic-clogged wasteland.
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