New residents aren’t so bad
Our family moved to a brand new subdivision in Cary in 1988 from the Northeast. In 1997, we moved to Apex, into another beautiful new subdivision built on land formerly owned by a longtime Apex resident.
Over the years, we have seen many changes here because of the population growth. We also have met many local folks who were born and raised here, Although these towns are no longer the sweet small towns they once knew, they have welcomed us as new residents, rather than begrudging us for invading their communities and completely changing their way of life.
Throughout the years of growth, some families have sold their land for development and relocated elsewhere; others have used their land for income-generating purposes to support living in this increasingly expensive area. We are glad they are able to benefit from the growth.
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Sure, I don’t love traffic, crowded schools and the other inconveniences that come with the population boom. But I am grateful that the original residents did not put up the “stop-growth gate” before my family had a chance to come in and make this our home 27 years ago.
Before I can support the growth-limiting and land-use policies being championed right now, I’d like to take into consideration what the original residents and landowners of these towns see as their vision of the future, as they have graciously experienced the most change through the influx of us new residents.
Sue Sennert, Apex