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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Industrialization of Coconut Grove

This letter was posted to the Nextdoor website by a fellow Grovite, he gave me permission to re-post it here:

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. 

LEAF BLOWERS: 

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. 

CONSTRUCTION NOISE. 

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! 

David Newman 
Coconut Grove

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7 Comments:

Blogger James said...

There is an easy way to stop developers. Don't sell your house to them at an inflated value! Everyone can see by a sale price which houses are going to be tear downs. Sell your house (at a reasonable price) to a family that is ready and willing to live the grove lifestyle. Put your money where your mouth is.

March 20, 2017 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's only going to get worse.

March 20, 2017 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a handyman I used a pressure building adapter, i.e., a device that constricts the flow, but builds pressure sufficient to easily blow all leaves and small twigs into a pile resulting in zero dust and the plants all got wet. The people of this and other co-ops where I used this method all eventually "confronted" me saying I was wasting their money, so I compared the cost of water against the cost of fuel and equipment and demonstrated to them all - - on meet with orders not to use water. NOT ONLY THAT, but do all these so called gardeners and property owners realize their taxes are all increased by the need to purchase some very, very expensive trucks and crews to clean out rain water gutters regularly because that's where all this debris ends up. I was so fed up with this form of human thinking I went to college for one year just to study human nature to try and deal with this form of ignorance display by all of humanity, leading to, perhaps an understanding of global warming. All I did was become an atheist, and presto, then I got it; it's all simple human nature, over-population is becoming the problem. Jobie Steppe

March 20, 2017 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what efforts are being done by Russell, Grove Village Council and Grovite's to reduce industrial noise pollution through better legislation and enforcement, to help save the quality of life that remains?

March 20, 2017 9:50 AM  
Blogger Mark Anthony said...

I have come to accept the noises all week long even Sundays from the pairs of high rise luxury buildings. I know it sucks but we are not out in the burbs or farm country. I especially hate the barking dogs, but thats not industry is it? I find its sometimes works to talk to the landscape guys and ask them to be more respectful of excessive noise how they work. Also write letters to the mayor and commissioner, complain to police about noise if before 9am. Other than that you might have to move to get peace.

March 21, 2017 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leaf-blower noise at 50 feet ranges from 64 to 78 decibels. At the operator’s ear, the noise is 95 to 115 decibels. According to Dangerous Decibels, a public/private partnership that aims to reduce hearing loss, typical speech is about 60 decibels, a washing machine is 75, and a chain saw is 115. Noises that reach 85 decibels and above can be harmful to hearing, the group says. Leaf blowers are particularly annoying because the noise is a high-pitched, whining drone that is continually throttled up and down. Report those creating excessive decibel noise to Police or Net Office. There is even a Decibel App for your smart phone.

March 21, 2017 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what is Russell's plan for preserving our quality-of-life by reducing or better yet eliminating Leaf Blowers with the noise and pollution (air and street) they bring to our community?

March 22, 2017 11:37 AM  

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