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February 17, 2010 > Letter to the editor: NO to the Masonic Homes Flatlands Project

Letter to the editor: NO to the Masonic Homes Flatlands Project

Dear Union City Council Members,

We shall not repeat the same issues - density, traffic, impact on services, Hayward Fault - that this folly has engendered, for they are well known, but will instead add our own personal perspective for what it's worth.

In 2010, we find ourselves at a crossroads with a decision that for some future generation the answer may seem so simple had we had the courage to stand on principle rather than proceed for some illusionary gain.

To go forward with the Masonic Homes Flatlands Project is to destroy, once and forever, any link that Union City has with its rural past. This open space we now enjoy, and one of the few that still exist along Mission Boulevard, will be replaced by what is cynically referred to as "view corridors" but might more correctly be called "blinders." Any panoramic view will be lost by the screening effect of the new housing. While it is true we shall still be able to see the tops of the hills, in actuality a "fence" will have been constructed and any real connection with these hills will cease to exist.

What of the deer and wild turkey we often see in the morning? Will they linger in our memory until that too is gone? All in exchange for 1,400 new homes that we neither need nor requested. In 1996 the voters of Union City voted NOT to develop this site. Your efforts contradict the wishes of the citizens of Union City. Turn back from the path you have chosen, for whatever reasons, and stop this partnership with the Masonic Homes. Represent instead the people who voted for you.

Dennis & Jeanne David
Union City

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