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Shakori Hills music

By Joy Hewett
Posted Friday, June 30, 2006

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Silk Hope, NC - I live next door to Liselotte Care Facility, and I keep my windows open in spring and fall. I know for a fact that any sounds from Shakori Hills are not a great booming disturbance, and anyone with poor hearing (older folks in the facility) or air conditioning would not know any sound existed from a mile to a couple of miles away. Personally, I have lived near highways that were far more disturbing of tranquility, and people iving next door in crowded neighborhoods who played loud music that was far more upsetting than the sounds muted by trees and woodlands where this festival takes place. I am glad to have something fun and enriching in the neighborhood because it saves me gas and time driving elsewhereto be doing something nearby.

Although I sympathize with people who live within half a mile of the festival and don't like the sounds, I also think the festival contributes to the community and the local economy. The things that will be far more stressful in Chatham County include the possibility of several more commercial properties creating congestion at the intersection of 64 and 15-501, where Ricky Spoon may be developing more projects and the rezoning of land along 15-501 for commercial uses.

We live in a "free enterprise system" which is not free to those who prefer less traffic and less pavement in place of the trees that provide us all with free air--these problems are costly to communities as a whole, and highways and zoning to permit dense commercial development in formerly rural areas instead of those areas already laid out for commerce (down town Pittsboro with sidewalks, for example) would serve the pubic better than those private interests that may not consider the good of all but only the profits in their own pockets.

I look forward to having more restaurants in Pittsboro area, which will require a growing population to sustain and a better water treatment system, but I fear the sprawl and the desertion of existing shopping centers (Lowes grocery store?) for more lucrative locations--abandoned malls abounded in Wilmington as new ones popped up a mile away, and I saw the waste of space and increase of hot pavement as a detriment to the community, not a real estate boon as it was to potential developers.

I hope we can avoid the same poor planning as profits took precedence over sane governance.

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