Reasons I Voted for Proposition 2

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 27, 2008

Dear Louis Black,
    I just read both your article with your reservations about Prop. 2 being passed ["Page Two," Oct. 24] and also the united damning of the Chronicle’s position in the letters section ["Postmarks," Oct. 24]. I do not agree with the Chronicle’s stance, but I do I believe you have a right to your opinion.
    I would like to state two reasons why I voted yes on Prop. 2:
    1) Have you ever been to the Domain? I live and work near there and not too long ago went over to see what the fuss was all about. It seemed to me to be everything that I do not want Austin to become. High-cost stores with no redeeming features. The architecture is all wrong for Texas. Talk about traffic problems! Who could ever dream up such a completely undrivable or unwalkable area? I’m glad I went; I can tell people who have never been there to not bother going. But I will never go again. To me, the Domain represents all that is wrong with corporate America. God forbid that I should live to see the rest of Austin become like the Domain.
    2) Most Americans feel that we have been royally screwed from every side. To me and a whole lot of other people, this is another way the government (city of Austin, this time) works against the very people who elect it and pay its salaries. To say nothing of the local businesses that get no financial breaks. So this time the people of Austin choose to fight back. Which just horrifies those who made this anti-Austin deal in the first place. Tough.
Kathleen Howard
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