By John Singlaub
There is no question that Lake Tahoe is a scenic wonder. The natural forces that formed this Basin’s forested peaks and deep cobalt blue waters produced handiwork beyond what even the most genius architect or artist could have achieved. What the Washoe found when they arrived here was the perfect vision of a sub-alpine lake – one that needed no improvement. Of course, human nature being what it is, we tried to improve upon it anyway. The Comstock era and most recently the building craze of the 1950s and 1960s brought changes to Lake Tahoe which lacked vision and foresight. The result has been declining lake clarity, unattractive buildings erected among a backdrop of stunning natural features, and parking lots built atop marshes and meadows.