Having been at one time a University Heights city councilman and a member of its planning commission and board of zoning appeals, I found the article on Beachwood Place compelling. ("What’s in store for Beachwood Place?" July 12)

I also was active on development in and around our current residence in a Maryland suburb. When addressing development the outer impact is as important as inner. The start should be two questions: Why come to Beachwood Place rather than another location? Why come at all if buying online is the vogue? In a development next to our condo, traffic impact was so naive, feeder streets now have to be reconfigured. Traffic impact studies ignored noon time and weekends. Think best and worst case, scenario. Think more than a week into the future, encourage – no demand – citizen participation. Anticipation outplays perspiration.

Finally, a word to the wise. What can go wrong, could go wrong. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

David Brown

North Bethesda, Md

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