Letters to editor

California needs pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods

By From page A7 | August 21, 2014

Our politicians are pondering a multibillion-dollar Interstate 80 expansion. In my opinion, California does not need a multibillion-dollar expansion.

In the near future, California does need pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. In pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, people, stores, schools, playgrounds, etc., could be housed in clusters of high-rise building complexes. Our society’s excessive spending on transportation could be reduced.

In these neighborhoods, people (old or young, male or female, rich or poor, fat or skinny) can live good lives without owning a car. In most cases, people can walk to work, shops, schools, sports arenas, libraries, entertainments, families, friends, etc.

However, there are cases where people depend on vehicles to fulfill their work or they simply want to have a car. These vehicle needs can be fulfilled in all pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

Most Californians, including our growing population, could benefit greatly if they could live in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

Can anybody build such monsters?

Ernst Bak


Letter to the Editor


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  • 2realAugust 21, 2014 - 5:56 am

    There will only be more cars on the road, and the same ole neighborhoods with three times as much traffic.

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  • No thanks....August 21, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Ahhh, another Agenda 21 pusher...

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  • SteveAugust 21, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    California has pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, including in Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and San Francisco. All incidentally near transit stations. The reason we don't is that we don't yet have transit hubs. Also, to think that the vast majority of Californians will operate without cars is ludicrous. Pedestrian friendly neighborhoods are great. So are old fashioned neighborhoods with white picket fences. What people deserve is a choice of affordable options of all shapes and sizes.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 21, 2014 - 6:29 pm

    Ernst Bak is hilarious. Can we give him a column and replace Kirchabull?

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  • Mr. SmithAugust 21, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Actually, Mr. Bak lives down the street from me in a single-story, single-family home. He seems like a nice fellow, and I would give him two thumbs up as a replacement for Kirchubull.

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  • Tired-of-itAugust 21, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    I would vote for Atilla the Hunn to have a column instead of Krunchinbull. Wait, was any of that spelled right? Oh, never mind.

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  • The UsualSuspectAugust 21, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    At least Mr. Bak hasn't been caught paraphrasing with his pants down!

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  • Rick WoodAugust 21, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    The most pedestrian friendly neighborhood in Fairfield in its oldest part, what we now call "downtown" but was once the whole city!

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