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Mission Valley is no Napa Valley

Plus letters on the n-word, Faulconer, and concert-going old farts

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Trying to Become Tierrasanta

Perhaps this article should have had the following title: “When They Provide Freeway Access to Your Giant Development.” Five-thousand new homes being built and the 10-15,000 residents don’t want better access? Make the developer spend some of that $50 million promised for road improvements. Make it link up to the Franklin Ridge road on the edge of the development to affect walkability less.

Don’t tread on us

So far, the only thing Civita has to walk to is a dog park. Civita is trying to become like Tierrasanta by not allowing through roads that were planned to be built.

The city and the developer will probably try to make Via Alta go through since most of the homes there have been built and sold already.

  • Paul Anthony
  • Grantville

A Green, Sustainable, Walkable Village

Re: “A Road through Your Urban Village"

Boo-hoo, the residents of yet another Mission Valley monstrosity haphazardly cloaked under a thin veneer of tired buzzwords (“green,” “sustainable,” “walkable,” “village”) are crying foul that the same hideous growth they’re enabling is falling victim to growth-related problems.

Mission Valley itself is no Napa Valley, but what it is is a large and bland concrete slab with its perpetually congested traffic herded around like cattle — and that’s all it’s ever gonna be. Let’s not fool ourselves with maudlin-yet-romantic fear-mongering like “thrusting a sword through [the development’s] heart.” Please.

As for extolling the joys of public transit, get back to me when you’re living south of the 8 and working north of the 52 without your own car.

  • Nichole Fullerton
  • City Heights

Joke of a Measure

Re: “Faulconer Goes Nuts,” SD on the QT

Thank you! The sarcasm is beautiful and spot on! Just the boost of levity I needed in my state of anger, disgust, and disbelief that our “astute” (lol) mayor endorsed this joke of a ballot measure.

  • Linda Castaneda
  • North Park
Movie

Birth of a Nation *

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Director, star, and co-writer Nate Parker’s take on Nat Turner’s failed slave uprising is certainly controversial, given its sympathetic portrayal of a religious extremist on a murderous mission from God. But it’s not good: it looks bad, sounds cartoonish, skips jerkily from scene to scene, and seems weirdly illiterate about its narrative linchpin: namely, religion. If you’re going to make a film about a Christian preacher who goes from preaching submission to his fellow slaves (without ever mentioning why, or even mentioning the promised deliverance by Jesus) to leading a holy war, it helps to know something about Christianity as preached and as practiced. We’re told that “even the meanest nigger is afraid of the Gospel,” but only heaven knows why that might be. A possible explanation, made more possible by the anachronistic sensibilities expressed by sympathetic characters: passionate amateur Parker is more interested in making Turner into a modern-day cultural icon than an actual historical character. A powerful story, sloppily told.

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Watch Your Language

I just want to make you aware that you might want to stop using racist language in your movie reviews. Just because you dirty, white motherf—ers don’t like The Birth of a Nation doesn’t give you the right to throw out expletives. You were just looking for a reason to use the word “nigger.”

That’s fine. Mess around and get caught, and someone’s going to bust your motherf—in’ head. That’s the main reason why [Nate Parker] came out with that movie, because of ignorant motherf—ers like you. So, that’s a message to your bitch-ass movie reviewers to watch your f—in’ language. I don’t know which one of the idiots did it, Matthew Lickona, Scott Marks, or Duncan Shepherd — it seems like all three rigged it. Eat a dick, you f—n’ honkies.

  • Name withheld
  • via voicemail
Valley View Casino Center

Why I Don’t Look in the Mirror

I just read Overheard in San Diego in the October 6 issue of the Reader with the caption, “He looks like he did 30 years ago! Wait, what does that say about me?

Whenever I go to a concert to see Joe Cocker (R.I.P.) or Randy Newman, or an A.M.S.D. concert, I look around and think to myself, Look at all these old farts here! Well, that is why I don’t look in the mirror very often.

  • Allen Stanko
  • Alpine
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Trying to Become Tierrasanta

Perhaps this article should have had the following title: “When They Provide Freeway Access to Your Giant Development.” Five-thousand new homes being built and the 10-15,000 residents don’t want better access? Make the developer spend some of that $50 million promised for road improvements. Make it link up to the Franklin Ridge road on the edge of the development to affect walkability less.

Don’t tread on us

So far, the only thing Civita has to walk to is a dog park. Civita is trying to become like Tierrasanta by not allowing through roads that were planned to be built.

The city and the developer will probably try to make Via Alta go through since most of the homes there have been built and sold already.

  • Paul Anthony
  • Grantville

A Green, Sustainable, Walkable Village

Re: “A Road through Your Urban Village"

Boo-hoo, the residents of yet another Mission Valley monstrosity haphazardly cloaked under a thin veneer of tired buzzwords (“green,” “sustainable,” “walkable,” “village”) are crying foul that the same hideous growth they’re enabling is falling victim to growth-related problems.

Mission Valley itself is no Napa Valley, but what it is is a large and bland concrete slab with its perpetually congested traffic herded around like cattle — and that’s all it’s ever gonna be. Let’s not fool ourselves with maudlin-yet-romantic fear-mongering like “thrusting a sword through [the development’s] heart.” Please.

As for extolling the joys of public transit, get back to me when you’re living south of the 8 and working north of the 52 without your own car.

  • Nichole Fullerton
  • City Heights

Joke of a Measure

Re: “Faulconer Goes Nuts,” SD on the QT

Thank you! The sarcasm is beautiful and spot on! Just the boost of levity I needed in my state of anger, disgust, and disbelief that our “astute” (lol) mayor endorsed this joke of a ballot measure.

  • Linda Castaneda
  • North Park
Movie

Birth of a Nation *

thumbnail

Director, star, and co-writer Nate Parker’s take on Nat Turner’s failed slave uprising is certainly controversial, given its sympathetic portrayal of a religious extremist on a murderous mission from God. But it’s not good: it looks bad, sounds cartoonish, skips jerkily from scene to scene, and seems weirdly illiterate about its narrative linchpin: namely, religion. If you’re going to make a film about a Christian preacher who goes from preaching submission to his fellow slaves (without ever mentioning why, or even mentioning the promised deliverance by Jesus) to leading a holy war, it helps to know something about Christianity as preached and as practiced. We’re told that “even the meanest nigger is afraid of the Gospel,” but only heaven knows why that might be. A possible explanation, made more possible by the anachronistic sensibilities expressed by sympathetic characters: passionate amateur Parker is more interested in making Turner into a modern-day cultural icon than an actual historical character. A powerful story, sloppily told.

Find showtimes

Watch Your Language

I just want to make you aware that you might want to stop using racist language in your movie reviews. Just because you dirty, white motherf—ers don’t like The Birth of a Nation doesn’t give you the right to throw out expletives. You were just looking for a reason to use the word “nigger.”

That’s fine. Mess around and get caught, and someone’s going to bust your motherf—in’ head. That’s the main reason why [Nate Parker] came out with that movie, because of ignorant motherf—ers like you. So, that’s a message to your bitch-ass movie reviewers to watch your f—in’ language. I don’t know which one of the idiots did it, Matthew Lickona, Scott Marks, or Duncan Shepherd — it seems like all three rigged it. Eat a dick, you f—n’ honkies.

  • Name withheld
  • via voicemail
Valley View Casino Center

Why I Don’t Look in the Mirror

I just read Overheard in San Diego in the October 6 issue of the Reader with the caption, “He looks like he did 30 years ago! Wait, what does that say about me?

Whenever I go to a concert to see Joe Cocker (R.I.P.) or Randy Newman, or an A.M.S.D. concert, I look around and think to myself, Look at all these old farts here! Well, that is why I don’t look in the mirror very often.

  • Allen Stanko
  • Alpine
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