Letters to the Editor

Development: Oak Harbor has lost its charm

I agree with Sharon Embleton (Letters, March 29). Oak Harbor is already over built and has taken on a slightly trashy look. Doesn't anybody care about downtown anymore?

To walk through downtown is like a scene out of the movie The Omega Man: empty shops, tacky billboards everywhere, a deserted crumbling old theater with graffiti sprawled all over it. You can't even see the bay anymore since they put up the ugly beehive-type buildings and condos.

Oak Harbor has lost its charm. Did we really need another bank? I long for the days of when downtown was dignified and quaint. When there was a Chimes Cafe, Kow Korner, Masten’s Variety, Ponchos Mexican cafe, Big Dipper soda fountain. When I travel to Coupeville, Langley or Anacortes it's plain to me they have grown yet they have kept their charm. What happened to Oak Harbor?

I think Al Koetje is mostly to blame as well as the apathy of those around him. We need a noise ordinance in place to stop the never ending house-shaking car bass systems and start enforcing the speed limits in town as posted.I am not speaking as an outsider as I grew up here. I find the situation very sad.

Michael Gartner

Oak Harbor

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Dec 20
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates