By Christy Showalter
February 18, 2007
The following is a copy of a letter sent to the Borough Planning
I understand you are welcoming public comment regarding the zoning
in the Newtown area of Water Street. Our family has lived at
808 Warren for 8 years. Many of our neighbors have been here
as long. Some much longer. We all take pride in our homes and
Our family especially appreciates the quaintness and charm of
the older homes and streets. We love our view of the Narrows,
with the tug and barge traffic, the fishing boats and pleasure
boats. Even the float planes, while noisy, add to the busy harbor
ambience. We also have a boat. Many times on passing through
the Narrows, we have appreciated the charm of Ketchikan from
the water side. The older homes built on hillsides, the fishing
boats, docks and floats, boardwalks and the facades of the older
buildings downtown. I believe it is this charm and quaintness
that is appealing to the thousands of visitors we have each year.
Think of their first impression as their ship begins to dock.
More and more people are living in suburbia with all the charm
a square box can have. When they vacation, they like to see
something different and imagine what it is/was like to live there.
I think we all do this a little when we travel. We don't go
to visit industrial row or suburban Anytown, USA.
As I said, our view from our home is very important to us. But
the view from the deck of those cruise ships needs to be considered,
Height restrictions on Water Street should be limited to preserve
the view from both sides, the water and the hill; and to enhance
the charm of the Newtown area as we prepare to improve it.
Christy and John Showalter and family
Received February 16, 2007 - Published February 18, 2007
About: "Resident of Ketchikan-10
years. Homeowner/resident of Newtown-8 years."
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