The Industrialization of Coconut Grove
Yesterday (Saturday), after returning from the cold but quiet northwest city of Bellingham, WA., I was awakened in the early morning by a loud truck and raucous workers preparing to disrupt a peaceful morning with construction noise. Shortly after that, the never ending renovation started down the street. Never mind that the weekends are supposed to be the time for working people to relax and recharge. Or, that retired people like me, would enjoy a respite from the daily din from leaf blowers, construction noise, and various other unpleasant sounds that pervade our neighborhoods.
It is time we stop this INDUSTRIAZILATION OF THE GROVE. Our neighborhoods should FEEL AND SOUND like a quiet neighborhood - NOT A LOUD INDUSTRIAL AREA.
It seems like most people are offended by the irritating, noise and pollution emanating from the leaf blowers. Yet, few have taken the initiative to talk to their yard maintenance people. If you know that YOU are offending your neighbors, don't you have a responsibility to do something? How about, "My neighbors are offended by the noise you are making. Could you please do your cleanup without using leaf blowers." If your lawn people can't do it, there are plenty of others that can. (Before the advent of the leaf blower, all yard work got done without them. )
It seems that many of our neighbors are oblivious to how their yard people are offending us. Many are at work during the week and don't have to suffer the indignity. However, if you are offended, you can drop a note in your neighbor's mailbox to, say, simply, "The noise and air pollution from your yard peoples' leaf blower's are really unpleasant and offensive. I would appreciate if you would ask them not to use them."
If enough people take action, we, like many communities, can eliminate the unnecessary, insidious leaf blowers from our neighborhood.
It never ends! No sooner does one McMansion get completed after months (or probably years) of loud construction noise, heavy, noisy trucks - taking our guest's parking spaces, with constant deliveries of supplies, together with the food trucks to feed the construction crews - that another house is demolished and the cycle starts again.
We must be diligent in opposing this process. Our beautiful neighborhoods, verdant, with beautiful peacocks and other birds, magnificent palms other beautiful tropical folIiage, and classic architecture (what's left of it), are now overridden by THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF THE GROVE.
The developers will not stop if we do not stop them! The yard maintenance people will continue to ruin our peaceful and clean neighborhoods if we do not stop them! These are our neighborhoods. These are our homes. We have the right to enjoy them in peace. Join me and others like me in working together to TAKE BACK OUR NEIGHBORHOODS!
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