Readers Reflect | February 2024

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In response to What’s Really Real in the December 2023 print edition.

Surviving and thriving

Great to read (and see a photo) of a young family still able to live the Tahoe lifestyle … most can’t afford it, and the overcrowding just “get to ya” > traffic, gridlock, nowhere to park.

~Teri Lindsay, Big River, CA, via Facebook

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In response to How Any Tahoe/Truckee Resident Can Turn Their Idea into Action in January 2024 online.

Empowering locals

Rachel, you are the best. Thank you for highlighting the great our community members have done.

~ Karen Wilcuts, Alpine Meadows, via Facebook,

In response to The Town of Truckee Should Take the Lead on Donner Lake in the December 2023 print edition.

Wise one

Jack Kashtan is a true gem in our community! I hope people listen to him, he is wise.

~ Grant Kaye, Sierra Meadows, via Instagram

In response to Is It Too Expensive To Build? in the August 2023 print edition.

Thanks for accurate information

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your article. I found it to be the most accurate article on the high cost of construction in 2024 that I have read in a long time. As an architect who communicates with clients daily, I often find it frustrating that many well-known magazines (e.g., Forbes) as well as countless websites report grossly inaccurate information on the cost of construction in America. That misinformation misleads my potential clients who struggle with making decisions when contacting me or any other architect.

Your reporting, while not necessarily good news, is accurate and helps us all to deal with the situation and find solutions. Thank you once again for your valuable contribution.

~ Lee Calisti, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, via email

In response to When You Stop Growing, You Start Dying in the December 2023 print edition.

Misrepresentation

As one of the “loud and angry subset,” I feel that we have been misrepresented in this rather aggressive piece, which provides no substantial evidence that higher and denser construction with reduced setbacks and no parking requirements will fix Tahoe’s woes.

As a concerned individual, I and others feel that the approach is lacking any consideration for existing residents’ health, safety, and welfare. It would seem that allowing smaller lots with greater coverage and reduced setbacks would only result in a higher number of larger homes on smaller lots with no room to park. Reducing allowed coverage would put physical constraints on what can be built, resulting in smaller homes with room for parking — a win-win. By passing the baton to developers with no controls set in place to ensure that affordable and workforce housing is even built, you can be assured that profits, not community, come first.

There have been no upgrades to roadways entering and exiting Tahoe to achieve safer fire evacuation plans. No discussions of increased taxes to pay for ladder trucks to accommodate the new 65-foot heights. No discussion of costs to upgrade sewer and water. No explanation of how residents already dealing with horrific traffic and no parking will benefit.

It would seem far more prudent to declare a moratorium on building until plans are in place to jointly work with the county in redeveloping some of the mentioned eyesores into achievable condos and apartments. Use state funding or portions of the county revenues to subsidize demolition so as to offset the costs, consider mixed-use development with commercial below and two stories of living above. Move into the 21st century and build smarter, not just higher and denser.

Tahoe is a treasure; please keep it that way. Sometimes less is more.

~ Larissa Berry, Raleigh, North Carolina, via website

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