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Re: “Inside the Guess and Latta Road Rezoning Fight That Has Set a North Durham Neighborhood on Edge

Having been in a similar situation and also called NIMBY, I have to ask why others are so quick to use this term. Shouldn't it be they who are called "YIYBY" (yes in YOUR back yard)? That's what this seems like to me time and again. Smart development vs development for development's sake, that's the crux of the argument and the article misses it entirely. Folks opposing this rezoning are not necessarily anti-development, but there's a real reason to object to development that harms people, and plan development that is beneficial without harm. In our Raleigh case, we stopped the Publix strip mall at the entrance to our neighborhood, and in its place we have approved a Senior Living Center, which brings less traffic than the current zoning would have, and supports the needs of the area long-term. The developer for the Senior Living Center worked with our community to also preserve a large number of trees rather than clearcut as the Publix developer would have done. Smart development is worth fighting for, I hope the Indy can see the difference.

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Posted by RaleighMom on 06/02/2017 at 5:21 PM

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