Mailbag: More like the 'Bermuda Triangle' of parking

I read with interest the story about the new bowling alley at The Triangle ("Alley owner hopes to pin down success," March 13).

While it sounds like a fun spot, my family and I will not be visiting it, or any of the stores, restaurants, bars or movie theater there again until the managers figure out the horrendous parking situation.

A couple of weeks ago, we attempted to go to The Triangle. We tried to park, but our efforts were in vain. (Almost in vein, since I was tempted to open a vein when we got to the top of the garage and then had to wait in a line of cars to do a three-point turn when parking ended.)

I used dirty words I didn't even know I knew. The Triangle is the Bermuda Triangle of parking, since I am sure some people who pull in never manage to find a parking spot or their way out.

I am also now avoiding the Mesa Courtyards across the street, where I used to do a lot of shopping. Because of the lack of parking at The Triangle, people are now parking in those spaces and running across Harbor Boulevard to get to The Triangle.

I feel for the new and established businesses at what used to be called Triangle Square because if people can't easily park, they are not coming to your business. I also feel for the residents who live on Broadway and some of the adjacent streets. I'm sure their neighborhood foot traffic and parking has also been affected by people trying to find a spot to park so they can walk across Newport Boulevard to The Triangle.

I was always under the impression that city regulations mandated that a certain number of parking spots be designated for each business according to the type of business that it is. This cannot have happened at The Triangle.

While I'm sure Costa Mesa is happy for the business tax revenue, I wonder where the parking oversight was.

Julie Wahlstedt

Costa Mesa


Apartments resemble rabbit warrens

Re: "Commentary: Costa Mesa can be proud of an improving Westside," March 16: So Mayor Jim Righeimer is proud of the unsightly clusters of rabbit warren-like apartments that, when fully occupied, will make Harbor Boulevard a navigational nightmare.

It seems that he and like-minded developers are determined to fill every empty space in the city with ugly, crowded structures that offer little more than a place to lay one's head. Home is a place for safety, quiet, rest and renewal. It's hard to imagine that in some of the locations he mentions.

It sounds more like a disaster than a miracle to me.

Betts Harley

Costa Mesa


Net neutrality is a net gain

Net neutrality must be preserved. Please designate all Internet service providers as common carriers, which is their clear function. We cannot allow service providers to control content in a free society.

Terence O'Heany

Corona del Mar

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