Truro should tear down giant house

THE GLOBE has it dead wrong in its editorial arguing Truro should not tear down the gigantic Kline house ( “Truro lacks cause to demolish home that blocks Hopper’s ‘view,’ ’’ Editorial, Feb. 16). The editorial overlooks two factors: the sheer inappropriateness of the building to its site and location, and the dangerous precedent leaving it up would set.

The latest trend in overdevelopment on the outer Cape is the building of houses so large that they might stretch zoning limits in mainland suburbs. The fact that, in the past, certain zoning regulations have been overlooked with a nod and a wink is no reason to set a precedent for violating them on such a monstrous scale. Rather, Truro should show that it is serious about enforcing its codes and keeping development appropriate to such an environmentally sensitive and scenic locale.

Having spent many summers in Truro, I know the area in question well, and believe that thoughtful folks who chose to live in such a place will adopt a lifestyle that is simpler, closer to nature, and mindful of natural resources. Such restraint is essential to preserving for the generations that follow this delicate and wonderful sand spit that so many of us cherish and hold dear. The question of painter Edward Hopper’s view is a subsidiary issue, but at the same time, a poignant reminder of the natural heritage and history that are at stake.


Joseph Levendusky