Bob Katrin: Ruinous development

February 25, 2014 

The N&O’s Feb. 7 editorial “Pittsboro’s path” and the Feb. 10 letters on the Chatham Park development generally support the building of this monstrosity, and they do so in the face of some very sensible opposition of many of Pittsboro’s residents.

Supporting development in N.C. appears to be the rule rather than the exception. My observation is that it’s a fait accompli even before there’s any serious discussion so that money – that of developers, builders and billionaire backers like Jim Goodnight – talks, and we know the rest of the story. Why is this? Why does commercial development of pristine lands count more than ecology and preserving the land for recreational and public works? Public works there are far too few of in N.C.

I cite the rampant overdevelopment of N.C. beaches. Beautiful and affordable for the general populace to visit at one time, now overcrowded, expensive and glutted with condos as far as the eye can see. Ruined! So why does despoiling natural beauty count for little when it comes to commercial development? Money, investment, the profit motive and no second thoughts given for anything else. What a shame.

Bob Katrin, Southern Pines

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