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10/31/2013 8:30:00 PM
Goodbye to our paradise
by Fran Cabe, Summerfield

The rural character of Summerfield will change forever. I attended the Summerfield Town council meeting Oct. 8 and heard so much hunger for change. Now we get to see what an interstate and commercial development will get for Summerfield.

I grew up on N. Holden Road in Greensboro and in 1955 it was a two-lane road, much like N.C. 150. Look at it today.

In 1981 we wanted to get out of the city and live in the country. We heard about land for sale on Deboe Road. We found a perfect place, but it was a two-lane dirt road. I told my husband if they had a grocery and drug store close by I'd move.

Several months after moving here on a fall Saturday morning we heard the loudest noise. Right before our eyes were horses with riders in red coats and dogs barking and we watched in amazement at our first fox hunt!

It was awful driving back and forth into Greensboro. Bryan Boulevard was being discussed - a new road and faster way to get in and out of town. Look at it today. Horse Pen Creek Road was two lanes that intersected with Jefferson-Pilot Country Club. Look at it today.

Battleground Avenue was two lanes from New Garden Road north, and the only stop light from there was at 220 and 150. Look at it today.

The people who showed up on Oct. 8 and want this are happy because money will be made hand over fist.

For those of us who tried to make our town council reconsider due to the conditions, thank you. My heart is broken knowing the paradise we've been so fortunate to have these past 30 years will no longer be. The peace and quiet surrounded by nature will no longer be. On to our new destination along the water's edge. A two-lane road surrounded by God's beauty.

I can't wait to see who will be chomping at the bit to be surrounded by all this progress and how much all this is worth. Hold on folks, because it's going to be loud and congested around here!

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