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Offline rangerrebew

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« on: July 14, 2014, 07:14:05 AM »
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 07:25:54 AM »
The house in question:

As it appears now, with construction incomplete:




Architect's rendering of how it should look when complete:





Street picture showing the neighbor's house across the street:





Honestly, I can't see why the new house is objectionable; certainly it's no worse than the spec house across the street.  I understand, and believe in, a certain degree of community control over what gets built in residential neighborhoods, so that something that is utterly out of character or very destructive of the neighborhood's character can't be built, but I see those as fairly wide boundaries that 90% of proposed houses don't violate; this house doesn't violate those boundaries IMHO.

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 07:55:51 AM »
From personal experience, I can tell you there are people out there who are so unhappy with their miserable lives that the only way they get any kind of pleasure is by inducing suffering in other people.  People like that are never satisfied with anything, and are not capable of compromising about anything.

It only takes one neighbor to ruin a neighborhood by bullying the other residents into doing things their way.  The definition of a fanatic, is one who, upon losing their purpose, redoubles their efforts.  A lot of times one miserable resident can bully local authorities into making decisions they otherwise would not make, that seriously affects other people, regardless of the consequences, just to try and make the problem go away.

Very often, the biggest single problem in the neighborhood is the chronic complainer who simply will not approve of anything.

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 08:53:16 AM »
Not surprisingly, the cranky, lawsuit happy neighbor is a radical lib nutjob.

https://www.facebook.com/gail.wiesner?fref=browse_search

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2014, 08:55:40 AM »
Not surprisingly, the cranky, lawsuit happy neighbor is a radical lib nutjob.

https://www.facebook.com/gail.wiesner?fref=browse_search

That figures....

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2014, 09:57:57 AM »
This is why I don't like government ordinances regulating property use.  It becomes a political game and often infringes on property rights.  For a good example of what can happen see the movie "Still Mine," which was based on an actual case in Canada.

If people want to restrict their property rights in exchange for community cohesion then I say let them do it at their own expense and not the taxpayers.  Create CCRs and community associations.  They can sue to their heart's content.  If they are smart there will be something in those founding documents about the loser paying the winner's attorneys fees.
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