Righting the wrongs

By John Owen | Apr 12, 2012

I found a red card wrapped around my doorknob recently.

It apparently was placed there by a female named Julia, described as a spiritual psychic tarot card reader and I'm pretty sure she is just what we need for civic enlightenment.

Among her many attributes is the ability to tell us what fate has on the horizon.

I hope somebody in the city council chambers received the same promise from Julia since she has the ability to tell you if your shakras have lost their energy or if they're out of line.

She can show how to restore their energy and get them back in balance,"

Julia promises while asking three questions pertinent to Edmonds City government:

"Are you troubled?"

"Are you worried?"

"Are you confused?"

If you have been reading The Beacon regularly you know that our civic answer to those questions are "Yes, yes and you betcha." Break out the tarot cards.  I'll deal the first hand.

I'll start with a $1 million dollar claim a construction company has filed against the city over purported mismanagement of the Haines Point Park play area at Brown's Bay, along what we have defined as Boondoggle Boulevard.

Then there is the unresolved debate and a lot of anger concerning  a proposed traffic roundabout at Five Corners.

A proposed plan for the expansion of Harbor Square has incited renewed civic concern linked to height limits on construction.

"One visit will convince you (us) that Julia is truly a gifted psychic," her card continues.  "With over 40 years of experience she can tell you (us) enough truth about your past that you will be convinced when you hear about the future."

With that time span Julia might even be familiar with a  project on the Edmonds waterfront.

The Ebb Tide condos  next to the senior center were built in 1965 when there apparently were no height restrictions.

I don't know whether the statue of limitations has expired but with wisdom inspired by my new friend Julia I have a solution for that particular problem.

Not only does the Ebb Tide building block all ocean views from Railroad Avenue or beyond,  the condos also prevent runners, strollers or wheelchair occupants from following the path that was laid out long ago from the ferry terminal to Marina Park.

A lawn, a wall  and no trespassing signs provide a roadblock requiring a detour away from the ocean front.

I'm surprised the city did not challenge this roadblock as a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

I haven't signed on with Julia yet, but I'll bet she has an inspired solution.

It wouldn't be practical to knock a story or two from that 1965 construction bringing the  condos to present height limit restrictions.

But to qualify as good neighbors, Ebb Tide could eliminate the roadblock and allow strollers, runners or sloggers free run along the ocean front all the way from Brackett's Landing to Marina Park.

That would go a long way toward restoring energy in our civic shakra.


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