City's falling to pieces

Published: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 11:16 p.m.
Returning home to Forest Grove after a week-long absence, daily copies of last week's Gainesville Sun greeted me with the following news items: "Water supply on course to become tapped out," "Second spill in a week fouls Gainesville creeks," "How bad are county roads? Just awful!" and "Homes fit for royalty fetch big bucks."
Over the years, Gainesville and Alachua County have been transformed from an aesthetically pleasing, natural and environmentally well-balanced comfortable place to live into a snarled maze of endless construction, congested roads and shopping centers.
Every day, wooded tracts and farmlands are replaced with new housing developments and gated communities.
This area has become a haven for the affluent from points north and south, seeking refuge from their deteriorating and now undesirable locales, bringing with them unbearable and unaffordable pressures on the environment and infrastructure and causing irreparable damage to the place called home for many long-standing residents.
Inept local elected officials have been coerced by developers and realtors into believing that such unbridled growth and subsequent tax base expansion is the solution to generating the capital needed to fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements.
It is painfully evident that this relentless growth is driven by greedy developers who totally disregard the health of the environment as well as future generations.
When there is no more water, the local creeks are cesspools, and the roads are unfit and unsafe for travel, don't bother to contact city or county commissioners - they'll just blame their predecessors.
Don't bother to contact the developers, either. They already have banked their profits and frankly, don't care.
Richard Devereaux, Alachua

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