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How much Old Town is too much

Original post made by Community courtesy on Apr 4, 2009

Dear Dolores,

This note on "old town Danville" was received as part of an agenda for Danville neighborhood discussion groups meeting today. The reference is Mr. Bob Myhre's LTTE in your Friday edition provided below:

For our agenda: How much Old Town is too much?

Today, we will discuss Old Town north of Diablo Road and its need for significant renovation, rejuvenation and replacement. We would also like to discuss the Vets Hall as out of place among the rejuvenation of Prospect.

In general, most neighbors agree that Danville has too much old town that has not been renovated into attractive shopping and hospitality and has failed to create anchor store locations for larger retail operations. The Vets Hall is an eye-sore without any character appropriate to the continuing renovations and rejuvenation of old town Danville.

**Commentary by Jane, Danville neighborhoods discussion groups, Alamo region community of neighborhoods**

REFERENCE:

Tear down the Vets Hall

Dear Editor:

Once again I feel compelled to offer a rebuttal to your story about the "New Option for Vets Hall" as published in last week's issue of the Danville Weekly.

I totally disagree about there being a concurrence of opinion or acceptance of the version saving the front of the building. Obviously some of the people felt it had "historical value," but the "historical value" of the veterans buildings in both Lafayette and Walnut Creek DID NOT prevent them from being torn down - and it should not either here in Danville!

If upwards of $7 million or $8 million is going to be spent on the upgrading of the building, it should be done in a manner that will give it the utmost in utility and not need enlarging or replacing for use by succeeding generations in the coming decades - after all, it was built in 1925 and has outlived its current usefulness.

**LTTE by Robert D. Myhre, WWII and Korean veteran**

Hal, as a community courtesy

Comments (2)

Posted by Rotten Robbie, a resident of Danville
on Apr 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Memo to Hal from Alamo and Jane, and Vet Hall critics from Lafayette and Walnut Creek: Thanks for the advice, but "no thanks." We like the Vets Hall and we think it looks great. If it bugs you that much just close your eyes next time you drive by, then hurry home to the Shell Station that demarks the center of your wonderful little part of north Danville.


Posted by Community courtesy, a resident of another community
on Apr 11, 2009 at 7:53 am

Dear Dolores,

It seems "defamously speaking" has a new advocate! How fun is that?

Likely the more appropriate subject for all consideration is how do we stop creating veterans of foreign wars? I am quite sure that the majority that joined me, quite against their will, in Viet Nam are still focused away from being veterans of anything but peace.

But in Robbie's considerations, Danville neighbors are asked to retain a building without any exceptional character in an area that has been significantly rejuvenated with new construction. Thus, the Vet's Hall becomes an exception in its surroundings for many Danville residents.

As most of Prospect has been rejuvenated with resident approval, Danville neighbors are wondering what makes this one building an exception. That is the issue of this discussion that invites commentary.

Hal, as a community courtesy


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