I think that it is important to point out that the BlockthQuarry.org website has a lot of misguiding information. On it's home page it misinforms the reader into thinking that the proposed rezoning would have a negative impact on Umstead State Park and the wild habitat that the Quarry was to use as an expanded area. Contrary to the website's claims, the area that was in question to be rezoned was cleared years ago for future homes, which have yet to be funded. It claims that the rock quarry would disturb the natural habitat of animals, when in fact, it has already been destroyed by the Hampton at Umstead developers. Furthermore, the proposed homes with all their impermeable surfaces and fertilizer runoff pose just as much threat if not more to Umstead.
I find it very disrespectful of the blockthequarry.org website to manipulate the situation to their favor. I guarantee that now that they have gotten what they want, the next thing on their agenda will be to petition for parking restrictions on their neighborhood streets.The very home owners who relied on hundreds of Park patrons to further their cause will be requesting No Parking signs from the City to keep people from being able to access Umstead from the Ebenezeer entrances. The same thing has happened at almost every other service entrance to Umstead where wealthy homeowners have succeeded in restricting park access.
Which is worse: a rock quarry or hundreds of McMansions with loads of impermeable surfaces shedding runoff from their lives of excess?
Lets not forget that the Hampton's at Umstead subdivision was only possible after the previous horse farm land was raped of most of its trees and bedrock was dynamited to put in the residential streets.
I hope that I am not the only one who sees the hypocrisy in Mr. Alvarez's "blockthequarry" website.
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