The co-owners of Schoene Ansicht have given a whole new meaning to cliche, "There is no such thing as bad publicity." In the comments section of my last post--which details attempts by those co-owners and by Dale and Associates developers to install a drainage pipe that would funnel run-off downhill into neighbors' properties--one of the co-owners posted the contact information of the real estate agent for potential buyers. As if it were not adding insult to injury. As if any indifferent business could spam Enclave without me removing it. As if it wouldn't have gotten the response: they won't be getting any free advertising or support from me until they find a more constructive purpose for the drain pipe.
You know who is untouched in all of this? Dale and Associates, that's who. These guys and girls are basically beholden to the co-owners. They can plead to Metro that they had no other option but to design the pipe as it is, whine about having to go back to the Planning Commission with details that they should have resolved the first time around, but then make no effort to be responsible to Salemtown. And then they can walk away without fear of any financial repercussions. Neighbors cannot boycott their business, because we're not the ones doing business with them. We cannot lobby against them, because the land owners choose them. They come in and survey and design and then leave with their money in hand; beholden to no one who lives here.
Maybe someone more knowledgeable over at Belmont's Center for Entrepreneurship can explain the merits of that catbird seat to me. I tell you what, though: no matter how much smarter they are, that someone could never justify spamming a blog to capitalize on the very criticism one chooses to ignore while expecting that spam to stay.