One More Reason to Live in the Suburbs

We aren’t bothered by the phenomena of satellite dish arrays, as are city people, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Suburban areas—having more roof space and space between homes—have more options in shielding unsightliness and in maintaining the sense of harmony and beauty within their community, which all appreciate.

An excerpt.

“BOSTON—When Afroditi Kleftis wanted an array of channels so patrons at her Laundromat could watch soap operas, she had a satellite dish mounted above her front window.

“Her television-watching upstairs neighbors did the same, so there are now three satellite dishes mounted on the facade of the triple-decker in East Boston. “One is OK, but so many,” said Ms. Kleftis, 71 years old, shaking her head. “It looks like a spaceship.”

“Her house is hardly the only spot where the saucers have landed. Along some streets in East Boston, satellite dishes protrude from nearly every house, with some multifamily structures decked with as many as eight. Other cities are reporting a similar outbreak. “We have blocks that look like NASA or Area 51,” said William Carter, a chief staffer for the Philadelphia City Council.

“Leaders in congested enclaves grapple with a litany of perennial annoyances: clotheslines, idling cars, trash, garish paint jobs.

“Now, they are dealing with a new blight: clusters of satellite dishes. But figuring out what to do with all the old dishes can be a challenge.

“Fed up, officials around the country are serving up plans to dismiss the dish. They look tacky, said Chicago Alderman Ray Suarez.

“It’s just ugly,” said Boston City Councilman Sal LaMattina, waving down a dish-decked street in East Boston, an enclave near Logan Airport. He called a public hearing this month on the “satellite dish epidemic.”

“Dishes have been around for years, and there have long been gripes about their appearance. But in the past, the industry has typically gone up against homeowner associations and condo boards. Today, cities are trying to get people to clean up their dishes.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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