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2014-01-01 03:20:21 PM
People here are going apesh*t about it. White people problems.
 
2014-01-01 05:46:20 PM

NewportBarGuy: People here are going apesh*t about it. White people problems.




I cannot imagine how upsetting it must be to have rich people constructing ostentatious displays of wealth in such a humble town like Newport R.I.
 
2014-01-01 05:48:14 PM
Not a single fark given here.
 
2014-01-01 05:51:36 PM
Must be nice to have a seaside mansion at 25.
 
2014-01-01 05:53:35 PM
I bet they knew she was trouble when she moved in.
 
2014-01-01 05:53:39 PM
Seawalls sometimes need to be maintained and upgraded. I think it looks better.
 
2014-01-01 05:55:02 PM
There seems some concern regarding Taylor Swift's large boulders. I, too, am interested in Taylor Swift's large boulders. She's got, huge....tracts of land.
 
2014-01-01 05:58:05 PM
Is that really a Mansion? I mean, it looks like a sweet old big new england farmhouse near the sea, I'm not sure I would see it off the side of the road and think "Mansion" though.

Chick seems to have taste though. Big ups.
 
2014-01-01 06:03:18 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: Must be nice to have a seaside mansion at 25.


My Maserati does 185 (down a dead end street).
 
2014-01-01 06:06:41 PM
Ahem... it's the off season. If you're still on the coast then you're a local and need to chill the fark down with the construction. If it was the middle of summer and you had heavy construction equipment competing with local traffic and beach goers you'd be right to be pissed.
 
2014-01-01 06:07:42 PM

neongoats: Is that really a Mansion? I mean, it looks like a sweet old big new england farmhouse near the sea, I'm not sure I would see it off the side of the road and think "Mansion" though.

Chick seems to have taste though. Big ups.


It appears to have at least three fireplaces and multiple balconies, I think it qualifies as a mansion.  Not to my taste (not a fan of houses made out of wood) but I wouldn't turn it down either.
 
2014-01-01 06:11:28 PM
I'd fark her hard
 
2014-01-01 06:13:55 PM

TuteTibiImperes: neongoats: Is that really a Mansion? I mean, it looks like a sweet old big new england farmhouse near the sea, I'm not sure I would see it off the side of the road and think "Mansion" though.

Chick seems to have taste though. Big ups.

It appears to have at least three fireplaces and multiple balconies, I think it qualifies as a mansion.  Not to my taste (not a fan of houses made out of wood) but I wouldn't turn it down either.


The chimneys look like the house was built when fireplaces might be the only heat. I think those are the multiple fireplace per chimney structure kind.
 
2014-01-01 06:14:11 PM

NewportBarGuy: People here are going apesh*t about it. White people problems.


It's an issue because messing with the coastline can fark up beaches, destroy habitat for wildlife, and make things basically suck. If you want an example, look at Waikiki beach which in many places has no sand and in other places has sand from Australia - it's a famous beach but there's a lot less beach there than most people realize. All because of dumbass development done without any wisdom, hotels far too close to the water because they assumed the sand wouldn't move, groins and seawalls put in without understanding how these things can make things much worse and destroy a beach, and just general foolishness.

When you say it's a "white people problem" you're saying its trivial and we shouldn't give a fark. That's a pretty farking dumb way to go though life, looking at natural resources as trivial. Though to be fair, that's how industrial society has mostly looked at natural resources.
 
2014-01-01 06:14:13 PM

neongoats: Is that really a Mansion? I mean, it looks like a sweet old big new england farmhouse near the sea, I'm not sure I would see it off the side of the road and think "Mansion" though.

Chick seems to have taste though. Big ups.


That's what mansions used to look like, between the 19th century Gilded Age and the current one. Now, it's all gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin' in the bathroom, blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room. We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
 
2014-01-01 06:15:36 PM
If you read the article it states that RI CRMC "When the applicant came in with plans, they were proposing to leave those rocks way out in the water. We were the ones who asked them to get those boulders as close to the seaward side of that concrete wall as possible."

So she submitted an application for construction on her property. Not necessarily with the initial intent to reset the armor stone but was added on.

What's interesting, the permit for construction is not listed here.

http://www.crmc.ri.gov/applicationnotices.html

I'm only interested in the area since Ive done a lot of work out there and used to live in the area. I don't really care for her mansion but the coastline as a whole. If I was a local I might be upset as well but I think we are only seeing half the story. I doubt she is trying to construct a dock since it would be torn apart on that highly exposed shoreline.
 
2014-01-01 06:15:57 PM

the_rhino: I'd fark her hard


This!  I would even put with some of her singing.  Well, if I was get some oral afterwards.
 
2014-01-01 06:16:02 PM

adamatari: NewportBarGuy: People here are going apesh*t about it. White people problems.

It's an issue because messing with the coastline can fark up beaches, destroy habitat for wildlife, and make things basically suck. If you want an example, look at Waikiki beach which in many places has no sand and in other places has sand from Australia - it's a famous beach but there's a lot less beach there than most people realize. All because of dumbass development done without any wisdom, hotels far too close to the water because they assumed the sand wouldn't move, groins and seawalls put in without understanding how these things can make things much worse and destroy a beach, and just general foolishness.

When you say it's a "white people problem" you're saying its trivial and we shouldn't give a fark. That's a pretty farking dumb way to go though life, looking at natural resources as trivial. Though to be fair, that's how industrial society has mostly looked at natural resources.


Yeah, but in this case, it's just NIMBY bullshiat. She upgraded her sea wall, and the state asked her to move some boulders in front of it to screen it. So she's IMPROVING the coastline, not screwing it up.
 
2014-01-01 06:17:02 PM

neongoats: Is that really a Mansion? I mean, it looks like a sweet old big new england farmhouse near the sea, I'm not sure I would see it off the side of the road and think "Mansion" though.

Chick seems to have taste though. Big ups.


What would you call 11,000 sq ft with 7 beds and 9 baths?

http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2013/04/29/taylor-swift-home-rhode-isl a nd/
 
2014-01-01 06:19:42 PM
What's the over/under for the number of months before the tell-all ballad giving us Taylor's side of this heart-wrenching drama is released?
 
2014-01-01 06:21:43 PM
We are never never ever getting that rockwall back together.
 
2014-01-01 06:22:07 PM

iheartscotch: There seems some concern regarding Taylor Swift's large boulders. I, too, am interested in Taylor Swift's large boulders. She's got, huge....tracts of land.


I read that in Christopher Walken's voice. And it was wonderful.
 
2014-01-01 06:26:25 PM

mbillips: adamatari: NewportBarGuy: People here are going apesh*t about it. White people problems.

It's an issue because messing with the coastline can fark up beaches, destroy habitat for wildlife, and make things basically suck. If you want an example, look at Waikiki beach which in many places has no sand and in other places has sand from Australia - it's a famous beach but there's a lot less beach there than most people realize. All because of dumbass development done without any wisdom, hotels far too close to the water because they assumed the sand wouldn't move, groins and seawalls put in without understanding how these things can make things much worse and destroy a beach, and just general foolishness.

When you say it's a "white people problem" you're saying its trivial and we shouldn't give a fark. That's a pretty farking dumb way to go though life, looking at natural resources as trivial. Though to be fair, that's how industrial society has mostly looked at natural resources.

Yeah, but in this case, it's just NIMBY bullshiat. She upgraded her sea wall, and the state asked her to move some boulders in front of it to screen it. So she's IMPROVING the coastline, not screwing it up.


The hotels and developers in Waikiki thought they were "improving" the coastline when they put in the numerous groins that are a big part of the problem, and when they brought over sand from Australia that pretty much was gone as soon as they put it in. I'm sure they viewed their hotels as a major improvement over what had been an agricultural area with some royal estates, and before that mostly a swampy estuary. In a way it IS an improvement, in another way much has been lost.

Coastal development of any sort deserves scrutiny and is a public concern. Taylor Swift and the state of RI may actually be doing everything right, and it may be an improvement, but it should be very transparent.
 
2014-01-01 06:26:58 PM
I want that house. Don't really care if the girl comes with it.
 
2014-01-01 06:27:53 PM
Even rocks try to break up with her.
 
2014-01-01 06:30:58 PM
Has she hit rock bottom yet?
 
2014-01-01 06:38:28 PM
Was disappointed to see the Sea Fare Inn was gone in Portsmouth
 
2014-01-01 06:42:17 PM

Danger Avoid Death: Has she hit rock bottom yet?


If rock bottom is sipping tea with Selena Gomez while facetiming Demi Lovato then yeah she's there.

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2014-01-01 06:44:25 PM

adamatari: Coastal development of any sort deserves scrutiny and is a public concern. Taylor Swift and the state of RI may actually be doing everything right, and it may be an improvement, but it should be very transparent.


Wouldn't the permits and plans be available to the public at the local planning office?  How much more transparent can you get?
 
2014-01-01 06:49:53 PM
I came here to see all kinds of Taylor Swift hate. I am so let down.

/Let her make her money singing about high school heartbreak well into her thirties. Taylor is one of the few celebrity figures I would allow my 10-year-old to follow.
 
2014-01-01 06:52:47 PM
She is tall too, good genes there. Hot, talented, good taste, and no psycho crap. No music has been good since the 80s anyway.
 
2014-01-01 07:23:49 PM

what_now: I cannot imagine how upsetting it must be to have rich people constructing ostentatious displays of wealth in such a humble town like Newport R.I.


It's in Watch Hill (the expensive beachy part of Westerly).  Almost 30 miles as the crow flies to Newport.  (I know the article, and the linked article which doesn't even go to the ProJo even though it mentions the ProJo article specifically, don't say that, but again, it's not news.....)

If you look at the location, at the corner of Larkin Rd & Bluff Ave in Watch Hill, you can see in the aerial photograph that there already WAS a wall there, so it's more like she's fixing what the last owner farked up.  But God forbid people actually think about these things when making a huge story about nothing.
 
2014-01-01 07:29:38 PM

Egoy3k: adamatari: Coastal development of any sort deserves scrutiny and is a public concern. Taylor Swift and the state of RI may actually be doing everything right, and it may be an improvement, but it should be very transparent.

Wouldn't the permits and plans be available to the public at the local planning office?  How much more transparent can you get?


Locals were afraid of Leopard
 
2014-01-01 07:29:52 PM

Egoy3k: adamatari: Coastal development of any sort deserves scrutiny and is a public concern. Taylor Swift and the state of RI may actually be doing everything right, and it may be an improvement, but it should be very transparent.

Wouldn't the permits and plans be available to the public at the local planning office?  How much more transparent can you get?


It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard".
 
2014-01-01 07:33:13 PM
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Beach pic is hot.
 
2014-01-01 07:36:12 PM
Taylor Swift has altered the coastline. Pray she doesn't alter it further.
 
2014-01-01 07:37:40 PM

mbillips: Yeah, but in this case, it's just NIMBY bullshiat. She upgraded her sea wall, and the state asked her to move some boulders in front of it to screen it. So she's IMPROVING the coastline, not screwing it up.


Actually, from the sounds of it, people were complaining because they thought she was damaging the coast line. I can actually understand the thought process - "We need to protect our coast line. Taylor Swift is a dumb blonde pop singer who probably doesn't know or care, and therefore she's probably farking up the coast line. We need to tell people of this!"

It's still a bit of jumping the gun, but I wouldn't call it NIMBY, and I can be at least partially sympathetic.
 
2014-01-01 07:39:16 PM

FriarReb98: what_now: I cannot imagine how upsetting it must be to have rich people constructing ostentatious displays of wealth in such a humble town like Newport R.I.

It's in Watch Hill (the expensive beachy part of Westerly).  Almost 30 miles as the crow flies to Newport.  (I know the article, and the linked article which doesn't even go to the ProJo even though it mentions the ProJo article specifically, don't say that, but again, it's not news.....)

If you look at the location, at the corner of Larkin Rd & Bluff Ave in Watch Hill, you can see in the aerial photograph that there already WAS a wall there, so it's more like she's fixing what the last owner farked up.  But God forbid people actually think about these things when making a huge story about nothing.


Having looked at the aerial view I'm not sure what they're upset about. There wasn't much beach in front of the seawall to begin with. Her house is right on the end and almost the last one before the lighthouse promontory but there's still a huge stretch of beach leading up to that point. She's doing necessary repairs to the seawall there. She probably ought to have some extra stone trucked in to fill out the wall if she hasn't already.
 
2014-01-01 07:47:08 PM

MechaPyx: Having looked at the aerial view I'm not sure what they're upset about. There wasn't much beach in front of the seawall to begin with. Her house is right on the end and almost the last one before the lighthouse promontory but there's still a huge stretch of beach leading up to that point. She's doing necessary repairs to the seawall there. She probably ought to have some extra stone trucked in to fill out the wall if she hasn't already.


Sounds like it's exactly what the deal is, actually.  There's a wall that the sea wrecked, she's trying to fix it, but God forbid you do any improvements anywhere near a beach in RI, you become the Great Satan in no time flat.
 
2014-01-01 07:48:30 PM

adamatari: When you say it's a "white people problem" you're saying its trivial and we shouldn't give a fark. That's a pretty farking dumb way to go though life, looking at natural resources as trivial. Though to be fair, that's how industrial society has mostly looked at natural resources.


Ummm... You really need to read the article. She's simply complying with the Coastal Resource Council and rebuilding the wall because it fell apart.

what_now: I cannot imagine how upsetting it must be to have rich people constructing ostentatious displays of wealth in such a humble town like Newport R.I.


*SPANK*

Bad what_now. Very bad what_now.
 
2014-01-01 07:49:20 PM

FriarReb98: Sounds like it's exactly what the deal is, actually. There's a wall that the sea wrecked, she's trying to fix it, but God forbid you do any improvements anywhere near a beach in RI, you become the Great Satan in no time flat.


You should have seen what a nightmare it was to get the Cliff Walk rebuilt. Holy sh*tballs.
 
2014-01-01 07:51:24 PM

Coastalgrl: If you read the article it states that RI CRMC "When the applicant came in with plans, they were proposing to leave those rocks way out in the water. We were the ones who asked them to get those boulders as close to the seaward side of that concrete wall as possible."

So she submitted an application for construction on her property. Not necessarily with the initial intent to reset the armor stone but was added on.

What's interesting, the permit for construction is not listed here.

http://www.crmc.ri.gov/applicationnotices.html

I'm only interested in the area since Ive done a lot of work out there and used to live in the area. I don't really care for her mansion but the coastline as a whole. If I was a local I might be upset as well but I think we are only seeing half the story. I doubt she is trying to construct a dock since it would be torn apart on that highly exposed shoreline.


I don't know how Rhode Island handles things when it says it "asked" for something, but if it were California it would go like this:
Swift: I want to do some construction on my property.
Coastal Commission: If you want a permit, then you have to do this other stuff that we want but don't want to pay for ourselves.
 
2014-01-01 07:52:17 PM

NewportBarGuy: FriarReb98: Sounds like it's exactly what the deal is, actually. There's a wall that the sea wrecked, she's trying to fix it, but God forbid you do any improvements anywhere near a beach in RI, you become the Great Satan in no time flat.

You should have seen what a nightmare it was to get the Cliff Walk rebuilt. Holy sh*tballs.


My part of the walk is still blocked off :( #whitepeopleproblems
 
2014-01-01 07:56:23 PM

redheadedslut: My part of the walk is still blocked off :( #whitepeopleproblems


Give them 2 years at least. Because of Sid Abruzzi, and I'm glad he spoke out for it, they have to build an entire jetty before they will put construction equipment out there for the fix. It's going to cost a fortune and take a while.
 
2014-01-01 08:21:42 PM

jjorsett: Coastalgrl: If you read the article it states that RI CRMC "When the applicant came in with plans, they were proposing to leave those rocks way out in the water. We were the ones who asked them to get those boulders as close to the seaward side of that concrete wall as possible."

So she submitted an application for construction on her property. Not necessarily with the initial intent to reset the armor stone but was added on.

What's interesting, the permit for construction is not listed here.

http://www.crmc.ri.gov/applicationnotices.html

I'm only interested in the area since Ive done a lot of work out there and used to live in the area. I don't really care for her mansion but the coastline as a whole. If I was a local I might be upset as well but I think we are only seeing half the story. I doubt she is trying to construct a dock since it would be torn apart on that highly exposed shoreline.

I don't know how Rhode Island handles things when it says it "asked" for something, but if it were California it would go like this:
Swift: I want to do some construction on my property.
Coastal Commission: If you want a permit, then you have to do this other stuff that we want but don't want to pay for ourselves.


Yes and no. From my experiences, the Commission really just wants to do whats best for the shoreline and the residents to live as sustainably as possible. I'm sure there is some you scratch my back I'll scratch yours but after Hurricane Sandy did a number on the shoreline, I think there is a renewed sense of cooperation. Last time I was there, those rocks were a mess and have been for years. Over time, armor stone that is undersized will move. Hurricane Sandy probably moved them around even more. It might have been "sure you can have the permit for X, but clean up your crap first". I forgot what the ownership laws are in RI but it is either to the Mean Low Water Line or Mean High Water.

There is a huge amount of rehab going on in RI and New England in general after Hurricane Sandy. A lot of it is overdue repair that no one wanted to or the state had the ability to pay for but federal funds make it possible now. If I was her and wanted complete and total privacy, I would not have purchased a property that borders a public access path as a celebrity.
 
2014-01-01 08:38:45 PM

Coastalgrl: If I was her and wanted complete and total privacy, I would not have purchased a property that borders a public access path as a celebrity.


Sounds like she bought it for her parents and as an investment. If the market continues to improve, she could make $10 mil on that place if she sells into a good market 10-20 years from now.
 
2014-01-01 08:48:09 PM

LargeCanine: Seawalls sometimes need to be maintained and upgraded. I think it looks better.


THIS!
The coastal folk lose their shiat over everything, it's tough to decide if this a real issue or another bs thing that got them all worked up.

As long as she doesn't buy The Malted Barley and turn it into a coffee bar, I don't care what she does in Westerly.
 
2014-01-01 08:54:43 PM

adamatari: mbillips: adamatari: NewportBarGuy: People here are going apesh*t about it. White people problems.

It's an issue because messing with the coastline can fark up beaches, destroy habitat for wildlife, and make things basically suck. If you want an example, look at Waikiki beach which in many places has no sand and in other places has sand from Australia - it's a famous beach but there's a lot less beach there than most people realize. All because of dumbass development done without any wisdom, hotels far too close to the water because they assumed the sand wouldn't move, groins and seawalls put in without understanding how these things can make things much worse and destroy a beach, and just general foolishness.

When you say it's a "white people problem" you're saying its trivial and we shouldn't give a fark. That's a pretty farking dumb way to go though life, looking at natural resources as trivial. Though to be fair, that's how industrial society has mostly looked at natural resources.

Yeah, but in this case, it's just NIMBY bullshiat. She upgraded her sea wall, and the state asked her to move some boulders in front of it to screen it. So she's IMPROVING the coastline, not screwing it up.

The hotels and developers in Waikiki thought they were "improving" the coastline when they put in the numerous groins that are a big part of the problem, and when they brought over sand from Australia that pretty much was gone as soon as they put it in. I'm sure they viewed their hotels as a major improvement over what had been an agricultural area with some royal estates, and before that mostly a swampy estuary. In a way it IS an improvement, in another way much has been lost.

Coastal development of any sort deserves scrutiny and is a public concern. Taylor Swift and the state of RI may actually be doing everything right, and it may be an improvement, but it should be very transparent.


Wait until Taylor puts up her own groin.  The town folk will really go crazy.
 
2014-01-01 08:55:27 PM
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"And you know Rhode Island? NOT an island!"
 
2014-01-01 08:59:17 PM

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"And you know Rhode Island? NOT an island!"


Actually, it is. The Providence Plantations are not.
 
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