Regarding Terry Brown’s six foot walls, here are my takes in separate parts.
Landscaping experts say that road noise is a mix of engine and tire noise. Engine noise is subject to village ordinance. Tire noise, they report, comes at your ears in a straight line to your ears from the spot where tire and road meet. A wall that blocks that line will block most of the sound. When drawn to scale, the drawing shows that a three-foot wall will suffice for tire noise.
And then there’s cityscape aesthetics. Heavily walled roads announce clearly,
“Want blank city concrete, stucco, and anonymity? You’re here.”
“Want living character? Go elsewhere.”
Six-foot walls would make Corrales feel like Taylor Ranch or any other machine built subdivision. Do we aspire to be Rio Rancho’s River’s Edge 4, 5 and 6? Not I. Tourism? Except a couple of parades and a corn maze, the village isn’t a tourist destination. But these events work because we do not have concrete walls.
Instead, we have businesses that reflect our village’s open, mildly rustic character. Concrete block walls only express character after graffiti have arrived.
Most importantly, Corrales is our home. As we enter town, the very openness —the livestock, the vegetation, the variety— all add up to a relaxing sensation, a feeling of gratitude, “We are so lucky to call this home.”
Visitors say the exact same thing before they even enter the house: “you are so lucky to live here”
Lining Corrales with six-foot, impenetrable, graffiti-prone walls will prevent that relaxing feeling as we come into town. Let’s put a stop to high walls along the street and keep this village’s ambience open and welcoming.