I read Ron Miller's "Ramblings" and I know his line of work is real estate development but I take exception to him constantly referring to Rowlett no longer being a "Backwater" city. We were a very nice upscale bedroom community, quiet and with a very low crime rate; one of the best cities I've ever lived in. How is any of that 'backwater' like we were country hicks living in shacks?
He also defends cramming apartments into our area while not mentioning things like how all the additional traffic is going to be handled. Regardless of how he dismisses any concerns, much like the officialdom we get from city hall, people who live in apartments are not the same mind set as people who are single family home owners.
People who say they love Rowlett and want to change it into something completely different are in love with something other than Rowlett. Most of them are business people who stand to profit in some way from all the development they favor. So what they really love is pretty obvious. And it's not us.
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Ron Miller from Stone Meadow Cir · 9m ago
Thanks, Chris.. I had forgotten you were still around. I have a rebuttal. I have a couple of comments regarding your incredibly intelligent commentary.
First, I worked for many years in downtown Dallas among many people who were born and raised in Dallas. When I moved to Rowlett there were only 1527 people, per the sign outside town. I worked around people that had no idea how to find Rowlett. They knew it was around.....somewhere. This lasted for many years. Rowlett and Rockwall were considered to be somewhere in East Texas. I have lived in Rowlett for over 41 years. How long have you lived here? How many cities have you lived in? I didn't use the terms "country hicks" and "shacks." You did. I had a great time raising my kids here. My son had his own sailboat at age 14 and my daughter had a horse. Do you have any kids? You're painting a picture that ain't true, my friend. Is that what you're like?
Until the advent of DART, PGBT, and more recently, Bayshore, Rowlett was still considered a town with not much future, except for what the overflow from Dallas gave it. The above events changed that. I understand your feelings about the bucolic small town atmosphere. I grew up in one. However, that's no longer Rowlett. If you really need that atmosphere, I understand Paris, Texas is nice. Rowlett is entering a really exciting period. Citizens of Rowlett can benefit from it. It should be fun around here, unless you're a curmudgeon.
As far as supporting apartments, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. You profess to read my blog. Did you read last Wednesday's post? If you did, you would have read that I appeared at Tuesday night's City Council meeting and spoke against a proposed apartment project. The apartment proposal failed. I defended Rowlett taxpayers.
So much for the accuracy of your reporting the facts. Any reference to me referring to apartment dwellers as "not the same mind set" as single house dwellers is a lie. Are you a liar, Mr. White?
You further imply that I only work to better myself at the expense of the city. . Let's see now, I have served on the Park Board, Environmental Learning Center Committee, the DART Station Design Art Committee, The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the Economic Development Advisory Board, and City Council. I have also been instrumental in organizing the Bayside Charity Regatta for tornado victims to be held on October 1, and studying regulations for adapting Housing Financing Corporations to be recommended to city officials, and working with a developer to see if we can put together some housing products for Senior Citizens and another for low to moderate income families. Just exactly what have you done for the City of Rowlett?
Mr. White, you are nothing but a trouble maker.