An Unruly Clairemont Crowd Asks: ‘Leave Us in Peace’
Clairemont and Bay Park residents said at a Wednesday town hall that they won’t entertain any plan to increase the size and scale of development in their neighborhood. To punctuate the point, the raucous, 300-plus crowd booed one opposing voice out of the room.
Photo by Andrew Keatts
More than 300 Bay Park and Clairemont residents packed Bay Park Elementary to oppose a city proposal to increase development in their neighborhood.
“Live somewhere else!” “Come back when you have a mortgage!” “That’s not reality!”
Those were some of the things people shouted at 23-year-old Clairemont resident Gina Schumacher during a Wednesday town hall meeting after she said she liked the city’s plan to allow more homes and taller buildings around a planned trolley station in the neighborhood.
There were probably other insults, but it was hard to hear over the chorus of boos.
It was clear before Schumacher even grabbed the mic that the 300-plus crowd wasn’t on her side. Residents who couldn’t fit in the packed Bay Park Elementary auditorium peered in through windows. Signs saying “Bay Park isn’t Manahattan” and “No to Towers of Terror” dotted the seating area.
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