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A REALTOR speaks against growth

By Jessica Bryan
Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004

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I would like to speak on behalf of the REALTORS who are not in favor of irresponsible development. Every time I read a comment that lumps REALTORS in with the money-hungry folks who are in favor of large development I cringe. Personally, if I sell fewer homes but enjoy a higher quality of life in an area where I can still see nature at its finest, I am very happy.

I moved here from Los Angeles nine years ago and felt like I was living in Paradise. Country roads, lots of trees, lakes, and peaceful settings for small farms were the very things that I found the most attractive. With growth we get strip malls, more gas stations, bigger highways and people, lots and lots of people. These people seem to forget how to wave to their neighbors, how to be patient when driving, how to smile in a grocery line, and how to exist without rushing through their days.

The addition of new communities in Chatham is something we will all have to live with now. However, I suggest that we take some responsibility to preserve what we can of the quality of life that we all find so wonderful. Let's continue to monitor the decisions made by our leaders, oversee the development process--checking and rechecking water quality, and other environmental issues; and finally, welcoming the new residents with open and hospital arms while demonstrating that the Chatham County lifestyle "REQUIRES" that each and every resident be kind, courteous, and polite.

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