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Don’t build schools on dead end roads, please

Posted: November 8, 2008 8:52 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.
Why are all of the schools in Castaic except Live Oak Elementary built at the top of dead-end roads? These seem to be the most wasteful possible. Very few students can ride a bike or walk to these campuses; they all have to be dropped off and picked up. That’s two trips up and two trips down every school day, adding vehicle emissions and wear and tear.

Why? Because they got the best deal from the developers for the out-of-the-way land?

When did cost become the determining factor in choosing a school site? These are long-term investments, and the price today should not override the greater good of choosing an easily accessible site.

The site selected for the Castaic high school falls right into this category. The top of an approximately one-mile-long dead-end hill.  It can only be accessed easily by a motor vehicle.

How about building the new school on Commerce Center Drive between Witherspoon and Franklin Parkway?   The city buses already run right by the site, it’s graded and further away from residential properties (Val Verde has concerns about the Witherspoon site) but easier to access.

A wash runs through the property, but it has already got concrete sides above and below the property. Is this a job Los Angeles County Flood Control would finish? I don’t know. The cost to improve/build on the Commerce Center site should be much less than the Witherspoon site, making up for any difference in sales price per site.

Let’s not build ourselves into another dead Clay Rawlins.


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