Any complex project will have its pros and cons, so voters need accurate information in order to be able to properly assess them. The “courtesy map” included in an article about the project in today’s Davis Enterprise, presumably provided by WDAAC project proponents, works against this purpose. It is extremely misleading.
Looking at the map provided, you’d think it would be just a short hop from the WDAAC to the Marketplace shopping center, where there is a supermarket, a drug store, restaurants, and other useful businesses. Of course, this would be desirable if it were true. But it isn’t true.
The Google satellite map shows the real story. Highway 113, just a thin line on the courtesy map, is a wide freeway, together with on-ramps and off-ramps (not shown on the courtesy map at all) on either side. Pedestrians will have to cross the distance of the highway and the on- and off- ramps.
Just to travel along Covell Blvd from the WDAAC to the Marketplace – not counting traveling through the project or through the Marketplace – is about a half a mile.
Now, maybe that would be fine for some future residents. Maybe they will think of that as close. But many would not see carrying groceries for over a half a mile (perhaps well over half a mile, depending on location within the community) as being close or convenient. Yet the courtesy map would make you think that the Marketplace was close and convenient, as would project proponents' technically correct but misleading description on their website, "three blocks away."
None of this is by itself an argument against the WDAAC. Again, the project has pros and cons. But in weighing the pros and cons, voters deserve to have an accurate picture of how convenient (or inconvenient) the location is.
Not a deceptive one.