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White Rock's master plan

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By Ralph Damiani

White Rock’s master planIt has taken a lot of work, but the plan the county has been promoting for White Rock is nearly ready for public view.And we join everyone in holding our collective breath.Not often is government the best source of private enterprise, so we are holding our judgment here. One thing that is clear, though, is that something needs to be done, both in White Rock and Los Alamos.Our fear is that if the private sector – which ultimately needs be responsible for this – had seen an advantage or opportunity here it would have already jumped in.There are – both in White Rock and Los Alamos – vacant locations for a business to move into if it wanted to. So it is not a place to go that is the problem.Yet, that seems to be the thrust of the plan being presented and that gives us pause.Now there are many other aspects that are good – even necessary – for the community. Bike and pedestrian travel will be improved – as will the general appearance of the community.That is well and good and a real function of government.There are many issues here that may not be solvable. The need for retail seems to be one of them. We hope not.We have a lot tied up in the Trinity Place plan and now this White Rock effort.We sure hope the movie stanza of “if you build it, they will come” is true.This community needs to begin to look ahead and not spend so much time crying over the troubles we face.It is solutions we need.So it is in this vein we applaud the council here. At least they are trying to do something.As Councilor Ken Milder said, “We only have that 60 acres. We don’t want to squander that.”And at a cost to taxpayers of more than $10 million we certainly agree with that.