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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quote, Unquote

Mary, Lord Grantham, Tom and Isis, the dog.
"We will build, we’ll even make money for the estate. But we won’t destroy what people love about this place."

"We can expand without destroying." 

These words were uttered by Lord Grantham on Downton Abbey, regarding a housing developer's idea of coming in and building "cheap houses" (Lord Grantham's words) on some acres of the Downton estate.

It seems that Mary and Tom met a developer, in the early 1920s, this is, who would like to build cookie cutter houses on part of the estate, which desperately needs the money. But in the end, Lord Grantham took the side of the villagers and decency, rather than a quick money fix. He went on to say that the developer would come in, build cheap houses and then be on to his next conquest.

Sounds familiar?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I always understand your references. I wonder why, if you believe you have a better plan, you don't raise the money and take the risk by buying property yourself? IT's not that I always like what is being done, but I also realize they instead of just critic using I could actually put my money where my mouth is. And while I know your answer may be, "I don't have the funds," it is possible to get development loans, hit it does mean taking risk, like the current buyers do- after all, it's not at all guaranteed they will make their money back from these projects. I just think it oversimplifies to call developers "greedy", when they might very well believe they are doing something good for the neighborhood by modernizing it. If you disagree with them, it's certainly fine to let them know, but demagoguery helps no one.

January 27, 2015 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I just think it oversimplifies to call developers "greedy", when they might very well believe they are doing something good for the neighborhood by modernizing it."

You're right. it's oversimplified. They're very, very greedy. Obviously. And no, they don't give a flying bird about "modernizing" anything, except perhaps for "modernizing" their own yachts.

January 27, 2015 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first commenter - there's no money in leaving stuff the hell alone.

January 27, 2015 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If things were left the hell alone, the only thing here in the Grove would be a coomtie mill and a run down plantation.

January 27, 2015 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why is the Playhouse left to rot for the past seven years?

January 27, 2015 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rot and mildew is progress. Have you read 1984 lately?

January 27, 2015 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course what happens in Downtown Abbey sounds familiar. It is written by people that think just like you!

January 27, 2015 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If no one ever investe and everyone just kept things exactly as they always were, there would be no coc it grive at all. It just be a big jungle. So, really, the who,e argument is kind of silly. If you don't like the change, then either a) invest yourself to make things the way you'd prefer or 2) spend more money and help promote at the places you don't want to see go out of business. It's that simple folks. Businesses that don't turn profits will not be around for long.

January 27, 2015 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9:40 pm, it is Downton Abbey you rube

January 28, 2015 11:00 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Why are people so afraid of saying who they are? It boggles my mind. There are so many "anonymous" posters, I have lost track of who is who. So far, there has been no one admitting they are a real person. By the way, I agree with " Quote, Unquote"

January 28, 2015 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some days ago,walking the Grove after some months, I felt a sensation of solitude, like it had lost the real spirit I felt one day, not long ago...

January 29, 2015 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most old Grovites live in the older homes. If we said anything upfront about the people running the Grove, we would have all sort of inspectors knocking at our doors. When you own an old Grove cottage, there are certainly code violations going on. Old Grove people are not wealthily, like the McMansion owners. We are a dying breed. Anonymous is the only way we can say something without retaliation. I'm sure that they would love to drive us out of our home, raze the building and build 2 McMansions in place of our little cottage, along with collection of the tax dollars that go with it. Everyone should take a drive in the back streets of West Grove to see what the developers are doing, illegal signage and all. Yes, I will mouth off sometimes, and I will, until I sell out and move into a condo, remain "anonymous".

January 29, 2015 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 11:00 no need for insults! Uneducated your mother! Maybe you can learn to dissent without insulting!

January 29, 2015 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nature and solitude are why I moved here. Who wants to live in the hustle and non stop traffic of
West Miami or West Kendall or the Beach?

January 29, 2015 7:13 PM  

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