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NIce Article About LGB From Douglas To Today

Tue Feb 04, 2003 1:11 am

This is a link to a nice background article laying out several sides of LGB's commercial history. The article includes discussion of an election in the 1950s to expand the main runway to its current length.

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RE: NIce Article About LGB From Douglas To Today

Tue Feb 04, 2003 1:51 am

Thanks for the link, FATFlyer.

I think it's hilarious to read in the article that this gentleman, Cliff Armstrong, buys his house in 1975 for $65,000 (claiming he didn't now how close the planes would be to his house), then sells it in 1993 for $200,000 because ' "I had to sell the home". Let's see if my house in metro New Orleans appreciates 300% over the next 18 years, and I'm not directly under a flight path.....yet, but that's another story.

(His house, by the way, appears to be located just south of the 405 Freeway, off of Lakewood Boulevard, perhaps 1/2 mile off the approach end of runway 30).

Then there are the 'what if...' comments. What if the runway extension hadn't been built, circa 1955? My, my, the NIMBY's are at it again.....over something that was completed some time ago.

Frankly, if anybody in the LGB area is selling a bill of goods, it's the real estate agents. Of course, anyone who lays out 200 C-notes for a house 1/2 mile off an air carrier runway is probably a little bit out there anyway.

Be happy, you NIMBY locals, that Douglas and then McDD decided to stay put, and add a little to the local economy, that you don't have to deal with the LAX hassles, or the drive to SNA.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

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RE: NIce Article About LGB From Douglas To Today

Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:39 am

The residents around the airport especially those in North Long Beach (Bixby Knolls) have always cried about airport noise. I've had many debates with people that I know that live in the area, and I always say the same thing, "SELL". The airport has been here for many, many years and will for many more to come.

People never want anything in their backyard, though it is okay to put it in someone elses backyard i.e. Orange County (El Toro).

It's time for the Long Beach City Council to have some backbone and tell the small minority of cry babies to take a hike, this isn't "Iowa by the Sea" anymore.

That's just my few cents, I could go on, and on, and on, and on.

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RE: NIce Article About LGB From Douglas To Today

Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:58 am

If they don't like it, they can move. Save the houses for us aviation enthusiasts. I'd be happy to buy a house near an airport.

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