Letters to the Editor

Modesto should grow around freeway

I was born in 1968 and raised in Modesto. I have been mostly living away since 1992 and recently returned to see the immense growth that has taken place.

The other night, it took me 15 minutes to get to Rose Avenue from the freeway. I can't imagine how long it must take at 8 a.m. Why has Modesto grown solely to the east? Why is the planning committee forcing citizens, many of whom commute to the Bay Area, to drive several miles and up to 45 minutes just to get to our only freeway? It makes no sense, especially in an age of growing fuel costs.

Growing and developing the city of Modesto around the 99 freeway makes sense, which is why I guess the City Council and the Planning Commission haven't done it. Anything that makes a lot of sense seems to elude them.