Opinion: We Don’t Need Miles of Tall Glaring Highway Lights
Sedona, AZ (September 21, 2011) – As a new homeowner in West Sedona I’m very concerned about the outcome of the referendum vote on Proposition 410. I chose to move here from Ohio for the stunning scenery, beautiful night skies and vibrant community. I’m surprised that local ownership and control of 89a is such a divisive issue. I’m concerned about the future of a community where the decisions of the duly elected city council can be ambushed by a small number of people more interested in their own agendas than in the well being and future of our city.
Does 89a need some updates? Absolutely! Pedestrians need safe and well-lighted crosswalks. The safety of bikers and motorists would be greatly improved by redesigning the suicide lane to provide safe left turn options. The overall look of the 89a corridor in West Sedona could be upgraded and unified by appropriate landscaping. What we don’t need is the miles of tall glaring highway lights that ADOT will install. Sedona has a flavor all its own. Those of us who live here understand it and visitors appreciate it. Who could most thoughtfully and responsibly shape the visions of our future than ourselves, as the owners of 89a? I encourage voters to carefully investigate the facts and vote YES on Proposition 410.