Let’s be better neighbors

By Richard Levak and Linda Rock

We are writing in response to the recent publicity surrounding the Pickens/Gaylord view blockage conflict. Over the past 25 years we’ve lived in three separate Old Del Mar communities. In each, we quickly became aware of lingering neighbor conflicts and resentments, almost always associated with view blockage issues. Even though Del Mar is a beautiful community, rancor diminishes it.

We have found in our current neighborhood that working together as neighbors to improve almost everyone’s view is achievable. Every three to four years a group of about 15 families gets together to plan a neighborhood tree trimming. People on top of the hill pay for the trimming of trees below them, and so on, down the hill. If one tree affects a number of neighbors’ views, they share in the cost of trimming that tree. We often celebrate a successful trimming with a neighborhood party.

The natural human tendency to feel like you’re giving more than you’re getting does occur, but the community is generally able to resolve these issues for the benefit of the greater good. The whole process is done delicately, because people can respond emotionally if they feel criticized or as though unfair demands are being made of them.

In any relationship, whether a friendship, work setting or among neighbors, there is inevitably a give and take. Having the discipline not to act on an impulse pays off by having a neighbor look out for you when you need it. When we went on vacation recently, leaving our garage door open, our neighbors came over and closed it for us.

Del Mar would be an even more wonderful place to live if everyone could give a little more to their neighbors and the wider community. It will pay off.

Richard Levak and Linda Rock are Del Mar residents.

Related posts:

  1. Festive flamingos delight neighbors year-round
  2. Editorial: Don’t force neighbors to call you a water hog
  3. Letters to the Editor: June 26, 2009
  4. Fireworks ignite ire among neighbors
  5. Dacus neighbors complain of property misuse

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=4701

Posted by on Oct 7, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Czech violin duo to perform at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe
    In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Czech School San Diego hosts a free classical violin concert by internationally recognized Czech violin player Jaroslav Svecený and his daughter, Julie Svecená, who are on a tour of the United States. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Village Church. The father-daughter duo will […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe weekly sports update
    Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 4-3 in a Palomar League opener for both teams on Oct. 9. Alayna Tomlinson and Farah Farjood each scored two goals to lead the Falcons. Samantha “Sammy” Cirino added one goal and one assist. […]
  • ‘Kachina Dolls and Dances’ to be topic at Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society lecture
    Native American expert Dr. James Kemp will discuss “Kachina Dolls and Dances” from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Katsina figures, also known as kachina dolls (in photo at right), were carved typically from cottonwood root by the Hopi people to instruct young girls and new brides about the katsinas, the im […]