Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Quality of Life

They paved paradise and put up…more houses

It’s been a while since we talked. I’ve been recharging my fuel cells and am ready to chat again now.

Much has changed since we last spoke. The political landscape is radically different. Thankfully this is California, so it may not quite be the end of the USA as we know it, though the jury is out (probably fired). However, I want to talk about a different change in the landscape.

In the last year or so I have watched aghast at the demolition of the hills to the south of Route 4 at Willow Pass. At first I thought mountain top mining had come to Pittsburg. Whole sections of the rolling hills that give our town some of its most picturesque vistas were disappearing. The scale is unbelievable. Day by day we saw the golden hills converted into mathematically accurate gradients, with all the natural beauty of a strip mall. But nothing was to be done. The land was purchased. Planning applications approved and so, “It’s far too late to do anything about it now!” Except it is worse than we thought.

Not content with allowing the gorgeous north facing downs of our town to literally be bulldozed away and replaced with lots of little boxes on the hillside, our Great Leaders are about to start down that same slope on the south facing side. Yes, those same rolling hills are now under threat from being further mutilated. This time over 600 acres of green grandeur are being offered up to the maw of the excavator. The city council has set a date for a scoping meeting to sell off… ahem… annex the land between the new San Marco development and the old Concord Naval Weapons Station. This is known as the Faria/Southwest Hills Master Plan.

More houses (nothing to say how many though, of course).

More cars.

And every day we see the effect this is having. Attempting to join Highway 4 West at Willow Pass after 7 o’clock in the morning is like entering an insane game of demolition derby (mykernel gets all in a panic every time – it’s terrifying!) But not to worry, if you do actually make it alive onto the freeway, you have hours to calm down. The pace is very sedate. Snail-like, in fact. And this will only get worse as yet more homes are built while nothing is done to improve the infrastructure. And don’t tell me eBart will fix this. Others here have explained why.

In short: go to the scoping meeting. Raise your voice: “Stop building houses. Pittsburg is full!”


Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 5:30PM
Location: Pittsburg City Hall – Council Chambers, 3rdfloor,
65 Civic Avenue,
Pittsburg, California 94565



~ HAL9000