Maybe I was out of town and missed the memo, but can someone please tell me when exactly Baxter became a region of the county and more than just another hoity-toity neighborhood and strip mall?
As far as I know, Baxter is merely a Springs family development (albeit a big one with a really active and well-funded marketing team), so why is it getting bigger play than any other neighborhood and status like it was the site of some historic battle? Why is the county dump on Hwy. 160 West now sporting the Baxter name? Did the Baxter Village marketing team pay for a new sign and put it up in the middle of the night, or is the Springs family expanding into garbage dumps and paying for the upkeep?
As far as I know, we all still pay for that site with our taxes, so why did it suddenly get a new name --and the name of a neighborhood, at that?
I wish someone would let me know the deal. In fact, if someone who works for the county would e-mail me about how that came about, I'll be glad to pass it on. I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering.
Speaking of annoying developments
And while we're on the subject, I'm also curious as to how the powers that be choose where and when to put in new traffic lights.
For example, was it really necessary to give Lowes and Chick-Fil-A a new light right there on Hwy. 160 West even though there were already five lights within a half-mile in either direction? I'm sure there was a process, right? Something that screws up the traffic pattern that badly has to have had a thoroughly vetted process, right?
(Again, my e-mail box awaits anyone who has that info or can tell me where to find it. I'll be glad to pass it on to the rest of us who now sit in traffic each day and wonder who the genius was who thought this up).
It just seems to me that by dropping another traffic light on Hwy. 160 between Harris Teeter and I-77 rather than forcing traffic to empty out farther west, like maybe onto Pleasant Road or Coltharp, was not the smartest decision ever made for traffic flow.
It was bad enough when they put in the series of lights around Regent Park a few years ago and made Hwy. 21 nearly as annoying as Carowinds Boulevard, but now this?
What could possibly be next? I shudder to even think about it.
• Jeff Shrewsbury is a freelance writer living in Fort Mill. You can see an archive of his other columns for the Times at shrewsbury. blogspot.com or contact him at gallimaufry@ comporium.net.