Re: Re: Architectural Review - Changing Tastes
From: normangauss (
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 14:31:01 -0800 (PST)
Esthetic tastes are sometimes ephemeral.  One of our members at Oak Creek
Commons on the Central Coast of California was raised in Wisconsin and
originally thought that our area was too dry looking and too much like a
desert (our average rainfall is about 13 inches).  After living here she
began to appreciate the looks of our natural landscapes and no longer thinks
of it as too dry and looking like a desert.

People sometimes take their biases with them and judge their new
surroundings in terms of what they were used to.  If you came from a
cluttered yard, you appreciate clutter.  If you came from a clean or
sculptured yard, you hate clutter.  Each has its advantages.

If you interact with your neighbors, you begin to think in terms of what
makes them happy, and along the way appreciate their point of view.
Esthetics then begins to fade in importance and you can evolve into a
feeling of "I can live with that".

Norm Gauss
Oak Creek Commons
Paso Robles, CA

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Subject: [C-L]_ Re: Architectural Review

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This my response to Sharon's request for architectural review policies

There is always something that is going to bother someone, it is an unending
process. You can bet that once all the offending bits are cut off and there
is a little rest someone will find something else that offends them and the
whole process will start all over again till every thing is "beige".

Rather than me deal with my attachments to likes and dislikes I want you to
not present me with things I dislike. (I wont complain if I like it).

I have seen more than one vibrant alive group become sterile over trying to
address everyone's like and dislikes.

I think architectural review policies should only concern themselves with
property values and safety, past that it is "Viva la difference".


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