Dear Editor,Congratulations to the Southlake City Council and Cooper and Stebbins for considering a community of diversity rather than the monolithic one being promoted by some citizens. It is refreshing to observe we are not all focused on maintaining the trend of only large houses on large lots.Diversity is not just ethnicity, sexes, religion and positions of power and/or wealth. Diversity also encompasses age groups and lifestyles. Change is life. Welcoming young people who cannot afford upscale housing and keeping seniors who aren’t ready for group living and wish to remain independent, is healthy for a dynamic city. Communities such as Carmel, Ind. (outside Indianapolis) and Naperville, Ill. (near Chicago) have created a housing mixture which accommodates singles, newly marrieds, empty nesters and seniors. These communities are creative, progressive and exciting for all ages. They have fine homes for those wanting this life style, but also condos and yes, apartments, for people beginning careers or wishing to downsize. Our P & Z, City Council and Cooper and Stebbins have some difficult decisions to reach in the near future. I’m optimistic they will consider what is best for all our citizens. Southlake is a wonderful place to call home, but just as individuals and families change as they mature, this city must also change.
Neil Perkins, Southlake