So here’s the thing: There’s a lot of uproar over local leadership’s latest efforts to divert highway fifty around the casino corridor via a new loop road. A number of local businesses are upset because they were presented with the aura of eminent domain if they didn’t like the plan, which, they say, was presented to them as a done deal when first they heard of it.
That doesn’t surprise me, really, since that is definitely any bureaucrat’s preferred method of presenting any plan, and ignorance of the mechanisms bureaucrats are required to use to inform the public is, for the most part, one of the standard hazards of running a business, since most small businessmen just don’t have the time to track it all anyway.
So what if a few little guys get screwed? If they were real Americans they’d be dragging in enough dough to hire good attorneys to keep an eye on that kind of stuff anyway.
What bugs me, though, is mostly that the new loop road is clearly an effort on the part of the big interests in town to make it harder for me to show my guests from out of town “the hole.”
Some of you may not know about it, but South Lake Tahoe is the home of one of the nation’s greatest examples of public support of a private boondoggle. We fondly refer to it as “The Hole.”
Back when redevelopment hadn’t been shown to be what it clearly is, the transfer of public money to support private speculation, S.L.T. promoted the other half of it’s already partially finished redevelopment plan by allowing slipshod development and financing to manifest itself in the form of a company beginning to develop some four or five square blocks of the next phase. The result was a project that fell on its a-word, leaving a massive hole filled with scores of concrete pillars standing 12 feet in the air, supporting nothing. All in full view of Highway fifty, up against which it abuts.
This has been covered from view (almost) by an absolutely horrid wooden slat fence and concrete barrier concoction modeled on a Bladerunner set. Where the h-word are the graffiti artists when you need them?
With the new loop road in place, how, I ask you, am I ever going to easily show guests this unique Tahoe landscape?
I’m angry about it. Such a wonderful example of why government should never be left in the hands of the monied classes, and they’re going to take it away from me!.
Oh, BTW, there’s also the fringe “benefit” of wiping out one of the very few neighborhoods where the poorer residents of Tahoe can even approach being able to afford to ive.
I’ve recently been thinking about what in the world we will ever be able to do with the hole? Any good ideas?