Developers And Neighbors Clash Over Proposed Infill Development

A 6-acre housing development in the Twin Cities suburb of Mahtomedi exemplifies the battle being waged over the metro area's last pockets of open space.
July 8, 2004, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Over the years, land owned by Paul Montgomery served as a wildlife corridor and natural buffer between Montgomery and his neighbors, many of whom live on small lots on dead-end streets that were developed in the 1950s and thereafter. Neighbors respected Montgomery's privacy and stayed off the land, even as they enjoyed the peace, solitude and natural beauty of the open space. Today, Montgomery is retired and the time has come to sell the woods...Now, neighbors grumble about not the development of the site, but the way the development process is progressing. So go the battles in the metro; the claims of "NIMBY"-ism versus the maintenance of "privacy and solitude."

Thanks to Ryan Dunn

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Published on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 in Star Tribune
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