Thursday, May 07, 2009

McMansion opponents: You're mad at the wrong people

It must be extremely irritating to have someone move into a nice neighborhood full of conventionally sized homes, and then poke everyone in the eye with a hideous McMansion. Fortunately or unfortunately, however, we live in America. We have a right to do what we want with our property, as long as it's legal.

And that's really the problem with most of these McMansion disputes in Utah: Planning and zoning ordinances allow them. We can't regulate bad judgment. We can't make people be good or considerate neighbors. All we can do is talk to our planning commissions and city councils about setbacks and restrictions before Mr. and Ms. Moneybags move in. It's the annoying but American way.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go to N.Korea or Cuba if you want to live in "normal-sized" houses (or apartments). This is America and people can do anything as long as it's legal. Plus, a large house will get taxed more heavily - good for your neighborhood schools. Your kids will be better off. Imagine if everyone lived in small, cheap houses. What kind of schools would your kids go to?

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smarter than you said...

bullshit mcmansions will send your kids to better schools. ignorant asshole. That hideous square shit box probably is worth half as much as the house beside it. Big square shit box for some one who wants to look like a big shot. P.S. anonymous you should go slit your wrists you north korean nazi asshole.

Khodges said...

Just because these monstrosities are legal under existing zoning ordinances doesn't mean people's anger is misdirected. It's legal to do a lot of things that are offensive, distasteful or uncivil, but that doesn't make them any less so. The law, including zoning ordinances, just set minimum standards for human conduct.