Re: parking variance for Starbucks on Burchett and Pacific.
Much ado about nothing has been made of the parking situation at the
Starbucks Coffee at Burchett and Pacific, and I guess I shouldn’t be
surprised that only a handful of outspoken individuals have created
another typical political and media feeding frenzy for the city of
As someone who has lived in Glendale for nearly 20 years and worked in
various locations within the city for nearly 25 years, I have seen a lot
of changes, some good and some not so good, but the fact remains that we
are a major metropolitan city that continues to grow and whose
demographics continue to change with this growth. The business
establishments located at this now-controversial corner are ones that we,
as residents of this fine city, should be happy to have.
Starbucks is a Fortune 500 company that markets to upscale, urban
consumers that spend money in other local establishments, attracts other
companies to do business here, and helps provide the robust economy that
we enjoy here in Glendale. Would those opposed to the presence of this
establishment rather see another fast-food restaurant, convenience or
liquor store in its place? I doubt it.
I watched the hearing held April 10. The fact is, a majority of the
neighbors in the area are in favor of Starbucks’ presence, along with
hundreds of local Glendale citizens. Let’s not throw out the baby with
the bath water by revoking the parking variance already granted by the
city of Glendale.