What happens when you move into sprawling suburbia?

What happens when you move into a sprawling area of Raleigh? You get a big go-cart track built right next to you:

Residents said they moved into the neighborhood because of the peace and quiet. However, they say that changed about a year ago when Frankie's Fun Park opened off Alexander Drive. Homeowners claim the sound from the go-karts and the loudspeakers can be heard well into the night.

I am sure that the homeowners complaining thought that the woods next to their newly leveled and developed areas were going to stay clear forever, but they learned the hard way that if the developer who tore down the woods formally covering their lots, there is nothing preventing another developer from the same to the lot next to you.

I lived in Brier Creek and my wife really liked the area; I am not singling the area out. This is happening everywhere in the state. The only hope that I have from these experiences is that it will make people more willing to accept property restrictions to create and keep good places to live.

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People need to actually attend zoning hearings

They need to speak up. Too often in Charlotte the entire process is ignored until the offending business is in full swing.



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I fell victim to this myself.

It's hard to keep up with it all until you realize your lifestyle is on the line.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

When You Buy In Town

You have a pretty good idea about what's going to be around you — it's already there!

True

and it may be more difficult for zoning ordinances to change, but the can and will change if city leaders think there is no opposition. Pretty soon, you too can have a gas station or bojangles at the end of your quiet little neighborhood.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Dear! Did you forget to take out the Trash again?

Pretty soon, you too can have a gas station or bojangles at the end of your quiet little neighborhood.* SD

Think postive SD! Or you could have a animal excise park
in your backyard by the city or county government.

I resemble that remark.

I will have an animal exercise park near my house, might we be neighbors?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Man, a tax dog

Animal excise park.

Wait till the Art Pope hears about this.

Saw this on msm last nite

Made me wonder, was the neighborhood made aware of what was being built here before it went in? Were there any town/city counsel meetings on this that the home owners could attend and voice their concerns? Or as you say in your post, were they under the impression that the woods and roadway dividing them would be buffer enough?

I do not think that there was a meeting

My impression was that the property was zoned in a way to allow the track prior to Brier Creek being built. The land was just vacant woods for a while. I think that the track abuts other industrial/commercial uses, so it really should not have been a surprise.

They made their beds

... but suburbanites rarely want to acknowledge the consequences of their residential (and driving) choices.