I was really saddened to read [the recent] blurb about the eviction of Gabriel and Livia Ferrari [“Property Owners Left Out in the Cold,” The Buzz, March 5]. Despite being religious wing nuts, they had a beautiful and interesting house.
Now I’m not a libertarian about many things, but property rights is definitely one of them. The idea that people can’t do what they want on their own property as long as it’s not hurting anyone else is downright disturbing. Aside from the man-eating goats and those deadly piles of rubble, what had the Ferraris done that could be viewed as harming others? Unless, of course, we include the concept of property value. Can this really be considered harm to others? This kind of thinking destroys the uniqueness of our neighborhoods and is certainly assigning a higher value to value than value deserves.
This value concept seems like it will clash more in the future as people wake up and try to live the right way: getting rid of their wasteful, stupid lawns and replacing them with small-scale urban farms. This includes the dreaded and deadly livestock. I can certainly agree to building codes and their enforcement concerning those who are renting, [when] some scum lord’s neglect is putting tenants in danger. But if [people] want to “endanger” themselves by not following code, that is their right—whether or not it’s legal.
I’m sure Kevin Wei, the new property owner, will “try to find the best use of the property and improve the value of the neighborhood” by putting up some bull—-t condos.
— Joseph Crawley