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  • Frustrated by lack of respect and pride

    My wife and I built our dream home and started a family in Westmere after moving from the city in 2005. Since I always take extra care in the look of my yard, I find it really hard to see the constant garbage (cups, straws, and fast food wrappers) in my yard. But where does it come from? I put it all together when I was trying to get my 4 year old son back to sleep from the usual “boom car” out side with the muffler which is almost as big as the car it’s on, at 11:30 on a Tuesday night.
    A quick survey of the street along the side of my house, you will count at least 7-10 cars lined up. Most are beat up, leaking oil, with a couple of tires on my lawn just enough that I can’t maneuver the lawn mower around them. But who are they? Where do they come from? I know nobody own’s the street, but come on! You never hear a door slam as the owners leave, because they appear from the back door of a walkout basement. The reality, my neighbours have a constant stream of renters coming and going at all hours. My kids want to play in the front yard but as a concerned parent I can’t let them with all of the cars coming and going.
    I’m frustrated and concerned with the lack of respect of a street I take pride in. My question is, what can I do? I hate to move, but if my neighbours wanted an apartment building, why didn’t they buy one in the first place? Am I the only one with this problem?
    Thanks,
    Russ N.=

    1 Comment

    1. Vince Young

      June 17, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Garbage blows into your yard? Pick it up and teach your kids not to litter so that they will not cause the same problem for others. Some parents don’t do that. Your car is nicer than your neighbors cars? Maybe be happy about that instead of pointing out how much wealthier you are than your neighbors. You are a concerned parent and cannot let your kids play in the front yard because cars drive on the street? Streets are for driving on and playgrounds are for playing in. Don’t confuse the two. Renters in your neighbors houses? Maybe they are friends, relatives and immediate family that you assume are renters as you have not taken the time to get to know people on your street. “Nobody owns the street”; I was totally in agreement with your comment until I was proven wrong this weekend. Apparently, my 2 neighbors own the street in front of my house, and this weekend when I moved my cars onto the street to clean and reorganize my garage for a period of 2 hours, one of my neighbors had the nerve to stomp over to my house and verbally assault me about ruining parking for everyone on the block. She also reminded me that this was not Forest Lawn. Not really sure what she meant as one of the cars is a year old, the other 2 have been in car shows and all are stored in the garage 99% of the time when they are not moving. I personally know an individual in Forest Lawn/Dover that would give the shirt off his back to someone who needed it more than he did, and he also gets along with everyone on his block. I guess she is right, this is not Forest Lawn. So, I believe that the question is, Where do you people come from? What makes you think that you are better than your neighbors? Why do you think that municipal streets outside of your property lines are something that you need to control? And most importantly, will your negative attitudes toward others in your community affect the children in your house and make them grow up to be negative and pretentious also?

      Vince Y