I would just like to start out by saying that I am not sure what Beacon Avenue Mr. Tanner is talking about being windswept and dangerous to cross (PNR letters, June 21), but I grew up in Sidney and it has always looked very close to what is does now (minus the wide sidewalks, benches, and flower pots).
I lived at Fourth and Ocean streets and I remember as a little girl my brother, sister and myself were allowed to walk to the corner of Fourth and Beacon to get a treat at what was then called the Bus Stop, now known as Tanners Books.
Sidney has always been a beautiful little town but what we should be focusing on is bringing young people in and new business. We have enough coffee and book stores to supply the whole island.
Mr. Tanner also stated in his letter that the only thing that may come from making Beacon two way again is maybe a few travelers from the Anacortes ferry.
The way I see it, is if it brings just one new person it was worth it, especially if that person tells other people what a great town it is.
Mr. Tanner also stated to leave well enough alone, as the business community is working well together and we don’t need the “dubious few bits of traffic” that a two way street may create.
Then why do we need a BIA?
Obviously it isn’t as good as Mr. Tanner states.
I agree that Sidney is beautiful the way it is but a two-way street will only increase the traffic, leading to more sales, and isn’t that the whole idea?