Joe Ciulla: Best place? Slow down, growth

September 6, 2013 

Best place? Slow down, growth

Money Magazine recently released its 2013 rankings of “Best Places to Live in America.” This year’s list only included towns with a population less than 50,000 – smaller than Cary.

While Cary has made the list in the past, it’s questionable whether the town would make the cut anyway. What happened? In a word, growth – too much, too fast. Between 2000 and 2010, despite the recession, the population increased by nearly 50 percent.

Despite citizens’ consistently identifying rapid growth as their No. 1 concern, town leaders have continued to throw the gates open to developers, encouraging rapid, high-density development that is detrimental to our quality of life.

Traffic, particularly commuter traffic in west Cary, has become unmanageable. We are now forced to look to toll roads for relief. Water and sewer bills have climbed as our precious resources are strained to the breaking point. Schools are over-crowded, necessitating bonds which increase property taxes. Rapid development within the Jordan Lake watershed has caused our water supply to become polluted. Our home values are impacted by an endless stream of new construction, including high-density apartment complexes.

This is not the Cary “town” atmosphere that we fell in love with. We need leaders at Town Hall who will put citizens and our quality of life first again.

Joe Ciulla

Cary

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