Experience shows positives aspects of life develop from growth in Catonsville

Letter to the editor

October 17, 2011

I have been a resident of Catonsville for almost 40 years, more than 25 in our present home.

Over these years, I have witnessed numerous developments in Catonsville, both commercial and residential. Each and every one has been overwhelmingly successful.

On the commercial side, there have been times when there were no vacancies.

Presently, there are a few commercial vacancies, but actually that is good. New businesses will move into these spaces and improve the existing market.

On the residential side, every single home built has been sold, bringing in new families. Often, the new homes were purchased by existing community members.

Although some people may feel differently, development is a positive sign.

Even during the current economic climate and near demise of the real estate industry, there are developers willing to take the risk of building in Catonsville.

However, in every case of new construction, there has been a common complaint.

Some local residents always protest new development and predict the death of our community.

Our schools will be overcrowded, the fire department will be taxed to the limit and traffic on Rolling Road will worsen.

And yet, the Catonsville community is much better than when we first moved here those many years ago.

Recently, a writer to the Catonsville Times indicated no opposition to all development, just desires "good development." Really?

I would like someone to define good development.

What I have observed is that good development usually means somewhere else but not here. One person's good may be another's nightmare.

There are other issues here.

Where are our children going to live?

Where will our children work?

What is the long-term effect of all of this discord?

Do the protesters create an unfriendly or unwelcome environment?

Richard Hiteshew

Oak Forest

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