In today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an article discusses University City's attempts to keep the municipal golf course profitable by adding a driving range. This is upsetting many residents, though, because of concerns that this will negatively impact their quality of life:
The residents, organized as the Ruth Park Preservation Committee, are
telling their neighbors about the project. The committee members say
the plan would harm the quality of life of their peaceful family
neighborhood. They say the driving range would make the neighborhood
less safe and would drastically increase traffic, decrease available
parking, lower property values and shine lights into neighbors' homes.
The golf course has been funded through a subsidy because it has not been profitable. I understand that University City is trying to turn this around, but doing so at the expense of its citizens is a little unfair, espically when the golf course is zoned in a residential area. If the course cannot be profitable, the city should shut it down and save some of its taxpayers money, which can go toward more important uses, such as police and fire.