Thursday, September 27, 2007

Too Much of a "Good" Thing

Entertained by the comments calling neighborhood advocates all sorts of names, it turns out the problem may be more about a lack of respect for the character of existing neighborhoods than a socialist uprising. Since there is not a socialist central, the trend toward vocal neighborhood concerns is being driven from the ground, the very ground where these offenses are being committed in the name of progress. My research indicates there are many "how to" websites" for flipping real estate, speculative luxury home building, development investment, realtor procurement of lots and demolition services, etc. So my own conspiracy theory leans toward a conspiracy of opportunity for wealth development. Nothing wrong with that per se, but when it is taken on with blatant disregard for communities and long term residents, there is something wrong. The ONLY reason this is happening now, instead of before, is the amount of money at stake.

Here is another neighborhood fighting to save itself. Yes, there can be Too Much of a good thing.

Outsize house spurs a call for limits in Wellesley
The new rules are not an outright ban, the board says, and don't prevent tear-downs. "This is not the ranch house preservation act," said board member ...

WELLESLEY - They call it The House, and not in a complimentary way. It's a 5,900-square-foot, three-story Colonial wedged into little more than a quarter-acre, a structure that dwarfs the New England sampler of quaint Capes and Victorians nestled in the woodsy neighborhood around it.

But lately, this house on Denton Road has become more than something for neighbors to despair. It has also served as a call to action among a growing number of residents to battle against the McMansionization of this real estate-crazed town.

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