I know how it is. The dead end street here was quiet for 30 years or more. 7 houses on the street. Then the people up the street got divorced and the lady, who is a spanish teacher, sold her place to portugese ghetto liquor store owners. The first day they got here they were walking up the street like they owned it. Then one of them took his 71 Datsun 240Z and was spinning the whole car around in circles at the corner. I got out of my car and walked up to him, (I was in front of the guy) and said "WTF are you doing? This isn't the CITY". Shortly after that one of our garden statues was stolen.
Then the house next to this property got sold, to their relatives. That property was the same for 30 years, the old German guy had passed away. He was an amazing machinist and had a nice shop in their detached garage. We would always say hello to his wife on her daily walks. The new people's relatives immediately started converting the garage to living space for their other relatives. The town shut them down until they got permits for everything. Then they got a big barking dog, that went on all year. The next year, year before last, the guy starts cutting all the trees down on the property, and he brought in a bulldozer and started grading the property at 7:00AM every day. Then he brought in dozens of dumptruck loads of fill, sometimes 5 a day. A guy from the planning board came by and told him he needed permits for that. He gave him a break and told him no more than three more loads of topsoil. The guy just kept bringing in more anyway.
Right from the get-go, all kinds of strange cars started coming up the once quiet and peaceful street, a few of them per day. And they would leave almost immediately. I think the guy is a drug dealer.
There goes the neighborhood. Do I sound racist? I don't care if they're purple, they disrespected the neighborhood from the get-go.
I would love to put in a lot of bamboo in a few places here. I'm not even getting into the other neighbors who have the big McMansion on the other side. Ok yes I am, they used to start blasting old rock music from their house speakers every weekend. I sent the owner an anonymous letter with the Township noise ordinance last year in desparation, told them they were disturbing the peace. They're NYC Manhattan types that only come out here on the weekends. That did the trick , I hope...