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Old 03-16-2010, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bellasformas View Post
So the greater good is something you would define as "new tax dollars and new shops"? I guess I have a different definition. When I moved here, there were no shops...4 convenience stores (Hood's was still open then). There were no schools, no drug stores, no police department, no giant town hall, no library, no grocery stores, no bypass, no wally world, no bars, no fast food places, and no prospects for any of that in the foreseeable future.

Yet, for some reason I loved the small town I moved to....that reason was the people. Some of them lived in the "eyesores", as you so quaintly put it, and some lived in the older historic homes. No one was particularly concerened about what your house looked like...it was more about being and having good neighbors. Were they all angels...heck no! Neither are all of the new people who've moved here. I just hate to see that sense of community that they defined, run out of town on a rail for "the greater good". I liked seeing my neighbors every day. Now it's rare if anyone makes eye contact with you. I don't consider that "greater" in any way shape or form. If getting all this new "stuff" requires us to do away with that....the cost is too great.

If they go, and I hope they don't, it will change the identity of the town. That identity has long been a good one. One where people cared for one another, regardless of their color, religious views or the size of their bank account. That's why I chose to make this my home. So that my child could grow up in a place that was a true community...not so she could have more places to spend her money. I didn't move here because it was cheap, or because it was "up and coming", it had already arrived!
You can't prevent growth if people find a place desirable. The town (holly springs) is sure doing all it can to make it more desirable and attract more people. I'm not sure there is a right answer for those that have been there forever in this type of situation either.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:11 PM
Location: Wake County
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I don't know the answer either. Sometimes there isn't one. Some people are fearful of what they are not familiar with, which causes them to make misguided judgements about others, based on nothing more than that fear.

Prince's is owned by a gentleman who lives in Holly Springs. He's owned the property for a considerable amount of time. He also operates a service based business in Holly Springs. He's neither a drug dealer, nor a gunfighter, nor has he been since I met him 20 + years ago.

The woman who runs the store (and it is a store, not a bar) does so as a second career. She keeps it open when she's not working at her other job. I worked with her sister for a few years, and she is not into the drug/gun/knife fighting scene either.

The "gatherings" are just that, and are quite normal for the community, and have been since I've lived here. People meet at the store, to catch up and visit with their neighbors. I think Norman Rockwell did a painting of a similar scene, if I remember correctly.
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:48 AM
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**nd should probably be bought up and developled**

Absolutely can't figure out why it hasn't happened yet.
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:51 AM
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Probably too close to the protected area for 540 to take a risk. That whole area is going to a look A LOT different in about 5 years.
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:06 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by jperryrocks View Post
But there is a greater good for the city of Holly Springs. And anybody with common sense and rational would probably say that some of these older properties in desperate need of repair and are an eyesore.
And obviously the people living in these homes don't have the income to fix them. It's called poverty. I don't think there is any quick solution...if there is one at all.
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