Timothy Hancock: Apex showing concern

09/02/2014 5:15 PM

09/02/2014 5:15 PM

The tone and implications of your Aug. 24 news article “ Apex debates growth, sprawl” were troubling. The overall tenor was that “rural residents” are resisting inevitable change that the article implies can be only favorable. The article’s “labeling” of the New Hill community as “blue collar” reflects your bias about people. What is wrong with blue collar?

Besides, New Hill and its neighboring Friendship community are actually richly diverse, with a mix of ethnicities, economic classes, professions and life stages, also with some beautiful horse farms, woods, wildlife and historic sites.

The article appeared to champion displacing this tapestry of humanity, nature and rural culture with the bland homogeneity of a “bedroom community” – with “cabanas ... and more,” the article promised.

It also appeared to be chastising the Apex Town Council for “delaying” development by not granting approval immediately. The council has the responsibility to ensure that development is carefully planned and balanced to enhance quality of life and preserve important characteristics of affected neighborhoods. It’s not an easy job.

The council should be applauded for taking the time it needs to integrate neighboring community concerns into its planning process.

Timothy Hancock, New Hill

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