I kinda like what this development is intend to be. I saw a precursor of what the developer is designing when I visited Hometown in North Richland Hills. I like the nostalgia look and this development should have it. It is designed to re-create the neighborliness of a much simpler time in the USA. There will be parks and it will be very pedestrian friendly. There are features that many people will like. There will also be features that people don't like. These homes will be very close together. Some people won't like that. Some homesites will not have streets in front of them. Entries are from the rear. Some people, particularly those that have guests often will not like that. Some visitors will have to walk some distance to get to the place they are visiting. If they're carrying something, that can be a hassle.
However, taken in general, Homestead at Liberty Grove will have an appeal to some, maybe many home buyers. It is comforting to know that Weekley Homes and Cambridge Homes are the builders. Both are excellent builders and did not get where they are by being stupid. They build in good communities.
As for me, I'm nostalgic about the old communities, but I still want a backyard and a fence and a little space. So, I probably wouldn't buy there......but that doesn't mean it isn't a nice place.
Any objections I may have had were not about the subdivision, but that some were using the subdivision to promote their own agenda. By that I mean that many in "officialdom" wanted the balance of the land in Rowlett to be developed in exactly the same way as Homestead. I was against that. As much as I like the subdivision, I know it would not satisfy all needs and would eliminate choice. I like Homestead and I'm glad its coming to town, but it should not be the only life style of all housing to be built in Rowlett.
Many in "officialdom" just can't stand differing opinions. That leads me to my next comment.
This was the first occasion of me "mixing" with my old chums since I started writing the blog. I wanted to go to the ground breaking to see "officialdom's" attitude toward me. I was especially alert to diverted eyes, intense conversations that caused important people to not be able to say "Hi" to someone they knew was there, and traffic patterns that changed when it was noticed that Ron Miller was in the path of where they were going. I kept a straight face, but it was comical. Some of the people that came up to chat was Mayor Todd, Councilwoman Debby Bobbitt, Asst. City Manager, Jim Proce and a few others that make city hall work. I met a charming guy from the Chamber of Commerce......a funeral director in Garland. Anyhow, there was a glaring absence of welcoming by some.
I have never attacked any of "officialdom" personally. I have rubbed them a little, trying to get a response. Oh, one did take offense because I suggested that that council person may run for mayor. I never did figure out what was offensive about that. However, I generally just jabbed a little bit. Well, I guess I've been arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to ostracism. I think that punishment is a little harsh. There is no appeal process, so I just have to make the crime fit the punishment.
I think all the people who purposely avoided me are childish creeps. Childish creeps make childish creepy decisions. That evens it up a little.