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SCV needs to give people reason to come here

Posted: June 8, 2008 2:29 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.
More new hotels. Geez. They haven't even gotten around to putting mints on all the new pillows at the corner of the 5 and the 126. I was just wondering who's gonna stay in all these hotel rooms? Has Magic Mountain suddenly gained some new allure that I've missed? I doubt it.

There is no other reason to get off the freeway except to get gas.

Oh, yes, there's a major golf tournament. That probably fills up a good portion of the rooms at the Garden Inn, and a few more.

Slow-growth proponents should consider another alternative besides "just say no." How about "build something else besides houses"? Other cities have outlet malls. Not us. Others have large theaters with professional level acting and music. Not us.

You don't want houses built up and down the 126? Fine. Build resorts. Sell timeshares. Give people more reasons to come and spend their money, and then GO HOME.

Branson, Mo. was a bump in the road before the boom. Yes, and Orlando, too. We're just 45 miles from Hollywood. You'd think somebody could figure something out. I hear Dreamworks is unhappy with their property purchase. Perhaps somebody in the property business will actually consider putting a package together about Santa Clarita to woo them this time.

The day of being a sleepy bedroom community is long past. Santa Clarita could become a cool place to stop, or stay a place suffering suburban sprawl, and still thought of as the gateway to Bakersfield.


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