The McMansion Nightmare Continues

RECEIVED Mon., April 28, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I am writing this letter to the Chronicle because I do not know where else to turn. I live on Kinney Avenue in South Austin. I endured two full years of McMansion building. The home is the first McMansion in the neighborhood and takes up the entire lot. On one side, it is only maybe 20 feet from my home and north windows and doors. The people that built the house have lived there now for about a year and a half. They have been a complete nightmare the entire time. Their total disregard for their neighbors and feelings of complete entitlement, well, is honestly a form of terrorism. Just when I thought they might be calming down, they installed a system around their home that sprays poison three to four times a day. It kills all, and I mean all, insects. That includes bees, butterflies, and june bugs. To find out more, you can Google Automated Outdoor Insect Control. The day they installed it, the wind was blowing, and when they tested it, all the spray went to my neighbor's yard on the other side. On the side where they are 20 feet from my home, there are 10 devices that spray, half of them facing my windows. There is absolutely no talking to these people. We called the city, and apparently there are no laws in Travis County concerning pesticides. I am now in high terror because I do not know when this thing goes off, so I have to keep my doors and windows closed at all times. I also garden and love beneficial insects and do not want mine killed. This is happening in the Zilker neighborhood where there are many gardeners and vegetarians. What if 10 homes decided to install these? We all know this cannot be good for the environment! The ad says this poison is harmless; I think it can't be true! Please, someone help! Is there anyone out there with some good ideas on how to proceed? One day it could be your problem, too!
Thank You,
Allison Hubbard
Zilker neighborhood
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