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Old 02-24-2014, 10:38 AM
Location: Portland, ME
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I doubt there has ever been a sale of land that stated the view and/or landscape were guaranteed to never change. We face the same problem in Portland with people who are opposed to the Bayside redevelopment efforts because the views from their lofts will change. The greater good of the state is more important than the view of some out-of-stater's summer residence.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark S. View Post
Agreed. But at least in Brunswick, there's a bit more to it than that. The train maintenance sheds are slotted to be built right at the back of a residential neighborhood. People who own homes whose back yards will be right up against the train yard are less than pleased.
Yeah, this isn't about people buying homes next to train tracks and then complaining about trains. It's a lot more than that and I feel for these folks.

I don't know each and every detail of why they decided on that spot. Brunswick isn't exactly a dense city, with little available land. It seems to me that there are a couple of other areas that would be a happy medium, for everyone concerned.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:53 PM
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I really appreciate everyone taking the time to send me some input. I actually love the sound of trains too...it takes me back to my childhood in PA. :-) I might be contacting one of you nice folks the closer we get to our move! Thanks again!
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Old 03-15-2014, 01:24 PM
Location: CA
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Bump for good luck with the move and more positive comments about your near future!
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:08 AM
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I just recently bought a house in Harpswell. Harpswell has its own vibe, more of a do-your-own-thing air about it amid the awesome scenery. One of the town's advantages is a much lower tax rate than Brunswick. Every time I pick up a paper, Brunswick is raising taxes. That could partially be eliminated with some commercial enterprises being welcomed to the area. I am from Maine but have lived elsewhere most of my life. I returned to care for an ailing relative. On one level I appreciate the "quaint" factor, but I am also a realist and it is not sustainable. The poor slobs who are struggling to get by are being taxed out of the state. So the moneyed out-of staters are footing the bill (I don't denigrate them). Maine needs to wake up and start putting people first not second to the environment.
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