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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:44 pm

In the Summer of 1992 we fell in love with Coronado when we attended a seminar at the Del and decided that we would spend our retirement years in one of the quaint little houses in the village. We are late bloomers like the Island of Coronado, taking our time to grow and expand our potential. My husband was a Los Angeles Public Defender, his fourth career but only four years on the job in that capacity. He loved his job. Not ready for retirement. The Realtor tried to get us to buy in the Cays, “ a bigger house for less money better value.” No, we wanted a little house surrounded by other little houses across from the public bus and walking distance to every inch of this paradise. A month after the seminar we bought our little house at the corner of E and Fourth and it became a rental for young Navy personnel.

In the Spring of 2001 newly retired, we downsized to our little house and discovered that the house was shaking off its foundation from the 80,000 cars that passed each afternoon. A few climbed our property to avoid a collision because they were going too fast or not paying attention. We changed the windows, fixed the foundation, built up the front lawn with a small rock wall and bushes to prevent cars from climbing onto our land.

We lived surrounded by little houses with air space and limited views but you could see the fireworks most weekends in all directions from our property, but we could take a pleasant ride around the Village or walk along the Bay, sit at the park with unobstructed views of sky, water and nature. We were content.

It is the Summer of 2019 and we have watched our little house get dwarfed by the larger two story plus structures built in our area. All wider lots got divided into two narrow long lots. Three small houses with air and space around them replaced by six buildings with no parking available to accommodate the many additional vehicles. I understand last traffic survey reported above 125,000 cars pass our little house each afternoon. We are lucky because we have a corner house and still have air space on one side even if it’s filled with exhaust emissions during late afternoon traffic. But, we are still content.

West Coast Arborists, Inc. were awarded the contract to prune the parkway tree. They are here today to do the trees on E. In the last ten years trees have been changed a lot on our street because the new buildings replacing little houses sold required scorched earth removal of everything living or not, to dig down and pound the earth to stabilize the sand/dirt of our Island lots to provide deep foundations to hold the two plus stories that block the air and sun in a complete 360 degree.

Today, we watched the process and we marveled at the unexpected results We could see from inside our living room window across the street to the few little houses remaining on our block. Living trees can be planted, pruned or removed completely and they do give beauty and shade. They take nothing away from us as residents of this Island or from future generations. “Imposing a housing density mandate on “built out” cities, such as Coronado” in our view is not only ludicrous on all levels pertaining to safety, visual beauty and overwhelming congestion added to our daily life. We live in a community of hard working citizens who call this their home and not just a great place to vacation. Coronado is a tourist attraction but it should not come at the expense or sacrifice of its residents or destroy the beauty of natural shoreline of water, sand, parks, trees and free space for more buildings for the sake of density. Another word for density is crowdedness.

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