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Slower, smarter is best

After 19 years in Nevada County, I recently moved to a Sunbelt city to be closer to family. It is a prosperous area, with 3.4 percent unemployment, booming businesses and reasonably priced new home subdivisions.

The flip side is infrastructure, which can’t keep up. Major streets have too many cars for road surface, traffic which moves bumper-to-bumper at freeway speeds, and intersections requiring waits of three-plus signals at high times. I soon learned the reality of growth that has spiraled out of control when hit from behind while trying to turn into a strip mall. My truck is out of the shop now. I took it for repair to a business recommended by a relative who had just gotten his out.

Don’t let this happen in Nevada County. Proposed annexations to Grass Valley with many new homes will attract people there. If you build them, they will come.

Local government has only 10 percent of funds for traffic improvements and must depend on developers for 90 percent. Similar problems exist for sewage and water. Upcoming county and city elections give voters a chance to control growth. All candidates say that is what they want. Some do; some don’t. Slower and smarter is best.

Pat Wynne

Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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