"Eyesore" it is!

I resent the characterization of the owners of All Things Pawssible as innocent victims of a bumbling city bureaucracy [News, "Dogged daycare," July 31] (http://www.readthehook.com/93811/newsbiz-dogged-daycare-play-yard-shut-down). I further protest the characterization of the home of Sarah and Ernest Terrell as the "lone dwelling" in an industrial zone.

The Terrells are, in fact, part of a neighborhood: the Rose Hill neighborhood.

Quite recently, businesses have begun aggressively encroaching upon residential blocks in Rose Hill, causing much grief for property owners who've lived 40-50 years in the same spot. City officials should be applauded, not criticized, for looking closely at the Terrells' situation and trying to improve it.

The fact is, Rose Hill has always been mixed use, but all mixed uses are not created equal. The word "immaculate" does not spring to mind when looking at the play yard at All Things Pawssible from the vantage point of the Terrells' beautifully constructed deck– though "eyesore" does.

The area is ungraded and covered with unsightly brown mulch. Add in the thought of animal waste oozing onto one's yard, flooding one's basement, or being diverted, untreated, into the storm drains (and hence the city water system), and frankly, the city's caution seems justified.

The owners of All Things Pawssible have lots of defenders. They should; they provide a much-needed service. But no one's asking these defenders the most important question: Would you want that business next to your home?

To anyone who'd seen the view from Sarah Terrell's porch, the answer would have to be a resounding no!

Kendra Hamilton
President, Rose Hill Neighborhood Association
Charlottesville