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Letter: Council Took Away My Rights

In a letter to the editor in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Randy Bell of Coeur d'Alene writes: “In 1984 I bought two rundown cottages in the Fort Grounds as a home and investment. I have remodeled, reroofed, added on and repaired those houses for 30 years and have a very nice historic 1906 home. These homes are not large, and the economic reality in the Fort Grounds is that this house and its neighbor are scrapers. They will be replaced with lot line to lot line structures, maybe attractive, maybe not. The City Council was bombarded with Norman Rockwell images of single family bliss to effectively remove the R8 zoning of the area by adding a restrictive single family overlay. This is not going to save the Fort Grounds’ historic character. What it will do is reduce the tools my family had in place when I invested in the Fort Grounds. As a blue collar worker without a huge pension or grand portfolio I was shocked that the City Council would override Planning and Zoning’s wise decision not to take away property rights.” More here.

Question: Is it for the greater good — and for the good of the community — that Fort Gounds was preserved for single-family residences?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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