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To the Editor:

This is in response to the letter “Colonial look to Mack” printed in the Feb. 12 issue of the Grosse Pointe News. My family moved to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1947. I have lived here for over 50 years and I am unable to recall any ill-looking signs on top of commercial buildings.

I supported the Colonial theme for the commercial district when it was proposed years ago, but today I question my wisdom in continuing this support.

I was fortunate that a Colonial theme was provided for I like this style of architecture. If a modern theme were selected I would have not liked that. The new dentists’ office and the Mobil building at Mack and Vernier look nice, but to these eyes so does the BP gas station at Vernier and Harper.

As long as the property is kept clean and neat, should not the store owner decide the style of their building? Isn’t this the idea of freedom? Take a look at the beauty salon on Mack and Allard, how did this gray and black modern facility get approved as a Colonial structure?

When I drive down Mack I see a dying, plain and bland-looking commercial district. When I walk down Mack I almost get hit by passing bicyclists and am startled by joggers who do not display the common courtesy to speak up and state that they are coming up from behind to pass me.

One day I witnessed an elderly woman walking and pulling her two grandsons in a wagon get hit by a bicyclist. The bicyclist was window-shopping as she pedaled down the sidewalk instead of displaying respect to others utilizing the walkway.

What I have witnessed over the past half century is a city dying due to over-regulation both in the commercial and residential districts.

I encourage the new city council members to continue their good work and question why things are done the way they are done. It is time that the regulations are looked at and probably repealed. It is time to turn back the clock and once again make Grosse Pointe Woods a free and healthy community to live in.

As I walk in my neighborhood I am seeing more piles of dog droppings than I did in years past. The trash in the commercial district and “trash” being left behind by those walking their dogs indicate a lack of pride within one’s community.

People will say that one cannot turn back the clock, but I question why not? Stop regulating us to death.

To the new Grosse Pointe Woods council members and one incumbent, please keep asking the questions and bring freedom back to our city.

Margaret Potter

Grosse Pointe Woods

Margaret Potter
March 03, 2004

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