From a shopper’s view

Thank you for publishing Jamestown developer’s Plan for South Shore with the overhead maps (“South Shore Plans Have Barely Begun,” Aug. 22). The “before-and-after” photos tell quite a story. 

I have to wonder if anyone from Jamestown has ever shopped at South Shore? The “sea of parking” that they say encapsulates the mall is parked solid on weekends and holidays! And the small bit of parking they are proposing to leave is parked to capacity even on weekdays to accommodate Safeway, Trader Joes and Walgreens shoppers. Do they not realize that shopping centers are meant-to-be surrounded by a sea of parking?

And it appears from the plans that they are eliminating Kohls, Ross, Sushi House, Big Five and more. Can this be true? For those of us who enjoy on-Island shopping, this would be a great loss. Who in our city government thinks this is a good idea?

The new housing is nice…but inevitably residential parking will spill over into the minimal parking for shoppers. People who live in the new housing can walk to shop, but where will the rest of us park? 

If allowed to proceed as planned Jamestown will take a lovely, functional hometown shopping center with a good variety of retail stores, restaurants and services and encapsulate it with high-rise housing. I see this project as a huge win for Jamestown and a huge loss for Alameda shoppers.


Kate McAnaney

Editor’s note: None of the business mentioned will be “eliminated” by Jamestown. They may be moved or reconfigured as the center redevelops. What seems more likely to eliminate retail stores is their customers increasingly turning to online shopping.