I rather wish that articles "that are not contributing to the" (enlightenment and education of the Indy readership) would not be published and that articles" that include ad hominem attacks" upon citizens (especially against a hard working, valued and contributing community citizen -as in this case) would (also) not be published. The diatribe written by Mr. Smith smacks of yellow journalism tinged with a goodly dose of "provincial" snide. It is one of the most unenlightened and unpleasant articles I've ever read within the Indy. Least we forget, "love" is an emotion. Not a decision. That the expert historian Mr. Brown uses his love (decisively) on behalf of his neighborhood and neighbors to promote and preserve and enlighten is to be a applauded, or at the very least he is to be respected! Denigrating another human being after the fact for their devotion to a worthy endeavour (and considering he was a "guest" ), strikes me as the height of bad form.
I grew in the house on Perkins Rd in Durham, and have the fondest memories of it. My sister would chase me down the hall, and when I'd run in my room, she would hit the door at a full run, and Daddy would have to put it back on the track. Mom would wash down the walls twice a year, inside, and we would see them turn gray again, lightening from the removal of stains from tobacco and oil heat. Daddy turned the garage into a rec/playroom, added an office, large den and eating area and another bath. My room had a built in desk and closets, and I remember doing math problems with a pencil on the desk, easily washing them away with water when I finished. I remember how the house rumbled once, when lightning hit on or near the house, causing it to reverberate all over. I loved that house- Mom and Daddy made it special, and remembering it gives me that warm, safe feeling from my childhood.
As Raleigh is consumed by suburban sprawl, McMansions and vast strip malls to pick this neighborhood to deride is utterly baffling. Why was this article published?
Mathew Brown is a gentleman and a community activist of the first order. For you, Aaron 'Lake' Smith, to attempt to denigrate him in an ad hominen manner because you don'the appreciate the neigborhood only speaks to your immaturiy as a human being.
Dear Mr. Smith, I freely admit to being an obsessive fanatic, so I take no offense. I apologize for my failure to instill in you an appreciation of Oakwood’s history and architecture. As for snooty, we in Oakwood are actually very proud of not being snooty. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Thanks Marsha and all, for your kind comments. Best wishes.
While several blocks outside of the Oakwood neighborhood, on behalf of others in East Raleigh, allow me to welcome you to it, Ms. Gordon.
Glad to see you guys have moved past the ugliness, and I hope your neighbors can, as well.
This article reeks of "tabloidism". If it were not for the recent house controversy it would not have been written. There are better ways to get your name out there, including me making this comment.
You appear to be ill-equipped to write about Oakwood. You have not made much of an attempt to understand it. Perhaps you really aren't interested, or perhaps you had your mind made up before you went on the tour. Using words like "obsessed" and "fanatic" are extreme and inappropriate. Labeling those who care about what's local and historic to Raleigh as pathological and obsessed is just a broad-stroke, let's-jump-on-the-bandwagon-and-bash-Oakwood mentality. What's the point of your piece? Why write it? Does it serve anyone? It sheds no light and is lazy writing.
Helpful article, but I can't believe that you didn't mention The Scrap Exchange! They accept DVDs, CDs, and vinyl. Also a great place to bring some of those random "junk" drawer finds -- http://scrapexchange.org/donate/donate-materials/
Matthew Brown is, indeed, a wonderful Oakwood character! He is also one of the neighborhood’s most knowledgeable citizens, working tirelessly to research Oakwood’s history.
In his article, Smith describes, but does not seem to appreciate, the value of Oakwood’s diverse architecture, ranging from glorious mansions built for the affluent to humble dwellings for the working class. That rich tapestry of big and small, 19th century Victorian and 20th century Bungalow, highly ornamented and plain is what gives Oakwood its character. It is the opposite of a cookie cutter subdivision, and the same can be said for its inhabitants.
In fact, it is really the people, like Matthew Brown, that make Oakwood great. Some may wonder how we can express this sentiment in light of the recent battle over the construction of our Euclid St. home, which has brought out passionate—and hurtful—feelings on both sides.
Even those who have vociferously opposed our home have done so because it is an authentic expression of their concern for our neighborhood. While we do not agree that new construction that reflects its time will negatively impact Oakwood—which is surely how our predecessors felt in 1895, or 1926, or 1954 when they built homes in the style of their times—we respect other peoples’ right to have differing views. And we appreciate neighbors who have now, in light of the recent Superior Court decision, shaken our hands in an effort to move past the conflict that has recently cast Oakwood in a negative light.
Let’s give our neighbors—like our friend, Matthew Brown—credit for fighting to protect what they believe in and for making Oakwood one of the jewels of Raleigh. Let’s take this opportunity for all of us to move past divisiveness and into a more positive, constructive, forward-looking place.
Marsha Gordon & Louis Cherry
It is only the modular and factory buildings that will provide a surplus. Only from a surplus is "Fair" housing possible, though it takes more than that.
i have lived in close proximity to oakwood for several years as a renter and now owner. i love the area: i love the varied architectural styles and gardens. i love the walkability.i love walking the shaded sidewalks. i love the mature trees. i love the proximity to downtown. i love that it's not a cookie-cutter, suburban wasteland like most of raleigh and the triangle (with exceptional pockets of non-cookie-cutter, suburban wasteland mixed in).
some things i do not love about the area: there are some snooty/neurotic folks (if you don't live within the prescribed oakwood boundaries, but just on the line, they are quick to let you know that you do not, in fact, reside in oakwood), higher prices, less proximity to grocery and big-box stores (have to drive a few miles for those things).
if you don't get it, you don't get it. what was the point of this article again?
Forgive me for not reading the article yet, but is this Tony Perkins giving a tour behind the Bates Motel?
It's not clear that this article makes any point at all, besides telling us that maybe Oakwood isn't all that great except in the opinion of local folks who don't know better because of their limited, parochial viewpoints. Oakwood in fact is one of Raleigh's oldest residential areas and is a vibrant, lovely neighborhood. It's a great place to live with convenience to downtown Raleigh and a lot of charm. Court battles aside, there surely was a good reason architect Louis Cherry chose to build his "modernist dream home" on a high-cost lot in the Oakwood neighborhood rather than in suburban North Raleigh. Maybe the author should have asked him why he liked Oakwood so much he chose it for his dream home. I'm struggling to figure out why this piece was even published as it seems juvenile and provincial at best.
I worry that all the news about that one crazy person trying to halt someone from finishing their house has given Oakwood a bad name. I really hope people don't think the majority of Oakwood is like her.
I've lived on the cusp of where downtown turns into Oakwood for a few years now and I've never gotten this "snootiness" factor that some people get. Sure there may be a few huge houses with privileged rich folks in them, of course---but the vast bulk of Oakwood are warm, friendly, cheerful and even fun. (Check out the neighborhood on Halloween night if you don't believe me!)
Most snobs or snooty people would probably pick to live far out in a "luxury" suburban wasteland gated community in places like Preston or Wakefield or MacGegor Downs, far away from the "riff raff" of downtown.
Not Oakwood folks. Like other neighborhoods that surround downtown (Boylan Heights, Mordecai, Cameron Village, University Park, Five Points), Oakwood is mostly full of educated, professional urbanites who want to be engaged in the community and in the thick of things going on in the gritty city core. That's why they're there.
I'm not an Oakwood type of person either - I can't stand snootiness! - but it's not hard to understand that it gives Mr. Brown an emotion, a feeling of nostalgia and a feeling of being a part of that history, himself. I'm sure you have interests that others wouldn't "get" either. Honestly, I don't "get" the point of this article. It reeks of being snooty in its own right. However, I did enjoy reading it and learning about the history of that area and about the sadly abandoned houses.
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it is so heartbreaking to hear what these animals endured. I feel for all the pets & owners regardless of how they were exposed to the toxins. any amount of toxin is too much. period. it doesn't, in my opinion , make the homeowner an irresponsible pet owner because her neighbors choose to poison their yard. obviously the 6" fence wasn't effective, but neither would a 6' tall fence be. this stuff,especially powders, is airborne. It travels away from it's designated spot w/liquid as well, lets say rain, washing it to the neighbors grass and absorbing into the ground.less concentrated obviously, still a toxin. how many of you still smoke regardless of the surgeon generals warning & known carcinogen effects? go for it. it is your body, but we are finally taking stands to protect those of us who don't want to be exposed to cancer promotion, hence smoking bans in public places. it would be ideal if there were regulations on how close to others property you can use harmful products. probably never thought of a utility pole as dangerous to you right? ever heard of people using old utility pole soaked in arsenic to start their fires? I have. look up creosole, penta pcp, and arsenics. think that stays just in their chimney? planes that drop pesticides are known to have their toxic product spread miles airborne further than where intended. so neighbors who use pesticides don't bitch when something comes your way via air or groundwater that you have no control of. as a nurse I had to flush thousands of patients pills. yes it is toxic & no longer done where i work. the safety & quality to humans & water critters was proven affected and altering the norm. I am saddened by reading the choice to drug your animals with chemicals, benedryl ect animals are like our children correct? Do they get drugged as well for your convenience because there really are many safer alternatives to chemicals if one takes the time to seek them out in the best interest of the pet, for their comfort. just because you don't see it doesn't mean there aren't side effects even in small doses and everyones (pets or people) tolerance is individual. sadly our pets & children can be poisoned, unintentionally in our own yards because of our neighbors choices, or our own. compassion spreads too & can be toxic. :) instead of insults & blame, focus on the wellbeing & prevention. it doesn't sound so ugly. and no I am not an organic tree hugger yet. just a health oriented person w/common sense.
I hope your pets are all recovered.
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