Oceanside's entry should be welcoming

Letter to the editor, by Ruth Jameson of Oceanside in the U~T San Diego on March 16. 2013

About the revision of the parking on Mission Avenue from Coast Highway to Horne
Street: There are several sidewalk restaurants along this portion of Mission. I can’t
think of anything more disagreeable than to be sitting at a sidewalk table, enjoying
my lunch or dinner, when some humongous RV backs into the space with all of the
noise and emissions coming straight into my face and destroying my sense of
safety and the joy of eating in such a scenic place.

As for changing Mission into a two-lane street, I think of Santa Barbara. They have
the most traffic-constricted main street I have ever had to transit. It is a nightmare
unrivaled. This is poor planning and will have a negative effect on anyone who comes
to this wonderful city of ours. I would not drive this entry into our city more than once
when it turns out to be a bottleneck.

This entry to Oceanside should be one of grace and beauty.

There should be a welcoming gate into the City Arts District.

There should be no parking along the blocks that are targeted to be backed into.

There should be green space and wide sidewalks that welcome visitors and beckon
them to stay, eat and stroll throughout the city with its many attractions and fall in love
with beauty, not be confronted with traffic patterns that are foreign to the way
we drive and live.