Say no to Falls Crossing development

Letter to the Editor.

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 4:39am
  • Opinion

I am writing to address the Snoqualmie Planning Commission

on the subject of the Falls Crossing development proposal. I testified at

the public hearing to express my views regarding this subject. I believe

this project portends to be extremely detrimental not only to the integrity

of Snoqualmie Falls, but also to the rural character of the town itself. In

addition, the ongoing Snoqualmie Ridge project more than fulfills

this community’s share of G.M.A. mandated population growth.

I have lived here for about 23 years now, and every time I walk to the

brink of Snoqualmie Falls, I never cease to be moved by the raw power

and beauty. I agree with the Snoqualmie Tribe in their recent testimony that

this project would harm this sacred site. The Snoqualmies as a newly

“recognized” tribe, and the Falls being

under consideration for National Landmark status, give added weight for

the need to ensure responsible stewardship of the surrounding land.

The city of Snoqualmie could choose a positive path for the

future (isn’t that what a planning commission is for?). We would choose to be

different and reject these kinds of harmful, mundane and “more of the

same” projects that continue to surround us, leaving us empty.

The city of Snoqualmie is in a unique position sharing not

only Snoqualmie Falls with its borders, but spectacular views of Mount Si and

an actual working historic railroad. Let’s work to honor these existing

elements, perhaps even tying them together in a positive way.

Consider your children’s children or a young person in your life.

What would they think about your decision when they become adults? Can

you live with that? Say no to Falls Crossing.

Julia Benson


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