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Today, readers comment on cars clogging roads with new infill housing, councillor spats, retail choice, and there’s still no love for the airport drop-off zone replacing the old ramp.

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Commenting on the story: Labor’s car parking policy would drive up housing costs: industry

In Port Noarlunga, Onkaparinga Council and State Govt have approved a slew of multi-bedroom and multi-storey townhouses, often four to a 1000 square m block.

Over the last two years I have witnessed my neighbourhood’s streets clog up with residents’ cars parked on both sides of the road.

Head-on collisions in the remaining narrow single lane that is left is only a matter of time.

Match this coagulation with school pick-up and drop-off traffic and the result is unpassable roads.

This is what we now live with daily; a problem created by medium density policies which are ignorant of community safety, amenity and need.

Adequate parking as suggested by the Minister is sensible and should be borne by profiteering developers who build here and live elsewhere and so do not experience the frustration and danger caused by their profit driven building.

Poor leadership on this issue by local and state governments have allowed this to happen

 Show some backbone and do what is right and safe for our communities. Maria Vouis

I live in a suburb that has seen extensive development. Houses with plenty of space have been replaced with two or three on the same site.

The problem with car parking has significantly effected lifestyle in the suburb, not the least of which is trying to move safely out of side streets when you can’t see past the parked cars.

But it is wrong that just providing the off-street parking is enough. There needs to be a minimum size set for that parking.

I have noticed that many cannot fit their SUV in the tiny garages and opt instead to use them as storage.

Better still if we are moving to higher density living perhaps we should ban the SUVs. I for one would love to see them off our streets.

Another problem not discussed has been the effect this development has had on spaces for kids to play.

Not only are our local streets clogged with parked cars but the added disaster waiting to happen of kids with only footpaths to play on.

Proper planning needs to be put in place with developers not only funding car spaces but play spaces also. – Antonio Luscri

Commenting on the story: Legal bill grows over city councillor war of words

Perhaps Councillor Moran and Councillor Abrahimzadeh should consider resigning, to spare ratepayers money. Mike Lesiw 

Commenting on the opinion piece: Department store decline mirrors shrinking middle class

It may be the hollowing out of the middle class that is causing problems for the department stores, but I suspect there are other factors at work.

Whole segments of the clothing market are ignored while there is a plethora of shoddy, expensive fashion items which only suit the young and thin.

Meantime, slow-moving items are no longer purchased as they take up space and aren’t sold in great numbers so customers don’t even walk through the doors, where they will be greeted by a haze of overpriced asthma-inducing perfumes anyway.

Why not shop online or at the local boutiques where you have salespeople and a range of clothing designed for those actually willing and able to spend money?

Parking, personalised service, clothing that the customer wants to pay for, online services in many instances in local shops make the difficulties and frustrations of shopping at stores such as Myers and DJs just tedious in comparison.

I do wonder how well customers are represented amongst those making the decisions in department stores.

I have had no success in getting the buyers to purchase those brands I like.

From my observations the men are making the decisions about running the business whilst the women are the shoppers and it is that disconnect that is leading to the demise of the department stores.

People who used to shop there now have better choices. Jill Whittaker

Commenting on the story: Call for calm as Aus stocks plunge over US-China trade brawl

It always makes me smile when we hear from current and/or past Treasurers and indeed politicians of any party when this sort of correction occurs, because they live in the knowledge that the poor taxpayer under writes their pension scheme entirely, and thus they don’t have to worry about any impact or consider what action to take to protect their retirement income like the average punter/ investor/self-funded retiree. – Paul Newbold

Commenting on letters responding to the story: Airport flights, passengers and road traffic set to take off

In Canberra Airport there was a couple of years ago (and I believe it is still the same) a roadway for access to the terminal right up to the terminal doors.

That roadway points straight at the entrance doors, and any terrorist would be able to get a big speed up on approach if intending to do mischief.

That roadway is as close as the old ramp drop-off was at Adelaide Airport which ran parallel to the entrance.

It seems odd that Canberra has what Adelaide was not able to keep. Also I believe that Sydney, Melbourne and Perth still have roads very close to the terminal.

It certainly become “dodge-em cars” at Adelaide with the current configuration, and it is hard to see an easy solution as the old ramp has been substantially altered. – Paul Turner

Surely there must be some way that the ramp can be used. What have other airports done?

It is a free-for-all  when arriving and leaving the airport for those with baggage requiring drop-off/pick-up.

It would be interesting to see how many accidents have happened during this chaos.

In the unlikely event that there has been none to date then it’s a ticking time bomb waiting to happen. Carol Newton 

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