Letter to the editor: The McMansion next store

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

Suddenly, the sun is gone, you’re in its shadow, it’s coming closer and closer. You can feel it’s poorly portioned eyes glaring down at you. You try to make the creature out, but its stucco front and vinyl siding sides confuse you, and there’s the artificial stone surrounding its mouth.

No, this is not an early Halloween tale, it’s the McMansion next store.

It’s odd that is this day and age, when people are more environmentally conscious and older American architecture is celebrated, that new construction is in high demand in Lake Parsippany.

Why is the bulldozer the answer? Why can’t contractors improve on an existing structure? Because charm and individuality are not desired in Lake Parsippany, square footage is. New square footage and whatever you call that big ugly window in middle.

This is America, and no one should dictate to you what you can do with your property, but when you choose to have every tree cut down, use every inch of a lot and build a home 3 times the size of the original dwelling, that disrupts other people’s lives and infringes on their rights.

I would have never bought my home knowing the house next to me would be knocked down. Why would I think, a perfectly fine 3 bedroom home would be destroyed? What attracted me to the street was that each house was a little different, and each home had a yard and mature trees.

I’ve been told it’s a way to showcase your wealth, but I only see ignorance and bad taste. McMansions do not make good neighbors, they’re downright scary.

“There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed” – Mahatma Gandhi

Bridget Cazzetto