Chris Eby: Cacace doesn’t know Frisco
April 12, 2009
It seems to me unconscionable to ask someone to teach your children, empty your bed pan, tune your skies, put your fire out, clean your condo, serve your dinner, build your new home, or plow your street, and, when finished, tell them they can’t live in your town. Regardless of how it is disguised, ” “this is about open space” or “this is about your God given, all-American, right to vote” ” those who are trying to persuade Frisco voters to say “yes” to the Peak One parcel initiative have one goal: make sure the land remains an extension of their back yard. All 13 acres of it. Just this side of the bike path, across from a million-plus acres of open space.
Don Cacace, spokesman for the “vote yes” folks is a mathematician. He’s articulate, smart and very persuasive. In 2005, while living in Denver, he bought a condo at Mountain Side. Apparently he liked Frisco so much that in 2007 he decided to move up here and bought a duplex at Mountain Side. I find it interesting that Don likes to talk about the “character” of Frisco. Where does Don’s year or two of residency qualify him to talk about our town’s “character.” I moved to Frisco in 1973. I’ve met a lot of characters over the years and most of them have contributed to the character of Frisco, but I’m hesitant to suggest that I’m an expert on what the “character” of Frisco is. Don must be a fast learner. The neighborhood that Don lives in, the Mountain Side subdivision, use to be a large, open meadow. I use to jog and walk my dog their 30 years ago, before it went through a development proposal to the Town of Frisco. I wonder what would have happened to that development proposal had the town been full of a bunch of mini-Don’s at the time. I wonder where Don would be living today.
The difference today is that the proposal for the Peak One parcel isn’t for hundreds of condos built for second-home owners, but for residential units “-homes ” -designed to give locals a chance at home ownership, and thereby help create a real sense of community, a stable work force and, hopefully, a new population of kids to keep Frisco Elementary open. I can’t think of a more proper goal for our town. At the forum last week where the issue was debated, Mr. Cacace was asked what advice he might have for those teachers, nurses, bartenders, carpenters and fireman who were struggling to buy a home in Frisco. His response, “Go vote.” And vote we shall. If you want to preserve some sense of “community” in Frisco so the community we love doesn’t become just another elitist tourist town, Vote “NO.”