The folly of housing near airports

Airports and homes don’t mix. Yet the gung-ho growth council of 2008 gave Arnaiz Development Co. the okay to build 2,365-homes on 909 acres of fields near Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

And when homebuyers purchase homes in the Tidewater Crossing subdivision, the approximately 7,300 residents will complain about those noisy airplanes coursing overhead. Airport traffic will be curtailed.

Or homeowners will make it a government problem. That’s what’s happening around Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, where homeowners are demanding government buy them out. 

I remember how a previous airport director, wanting to make a point about how residents would experience air traffic, arranged for us to stand outdoors in the Tidewater Crossing area as an Air Force C-5 transport thundered 550 feet overhead. He got his point across.


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