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Lewiston, Maine Lighting Controversy Gets Heated

City leaders will need at least one more meeting to figure out how to balance the rights of two Vista Drive residents to put on a popular Christmastime light show with their neighbors’ rights to come and go. Councilors were not close to settling on a way to regulate traffic brought on each December by [...]

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This one (along with the similar story from Kansas) are tough situations. I'm not sure where I stand on these issues. I personally love to go around town and look at the elaborate decorations some people put up. I've seen several houses or even whole neoghborhoods that go all out where the traffic is like what is mentioned in the story. I would probably hate to live next door to one of these houses. It really would be difficult to deal with not being able to come and go as you please. Especially at that time of year.

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I agree. It is a tough call. I think some creative compromises would be appropriate in some cases. Here in Utah we have churches all over the place and I'd love to see some of these neighbors get together and decorate that one big building instead of homes. At least the churches have parking lots and built in access for floods of traffic and there would be some semblance of control.

I also don't like to go out and look at lights when there are a ton of people out. Folks are rude. They leave their car lights on, walk on lawns or worse. For me, I frequent those places where the lights stay on late and in bad weather. Nothing better than looking at Christmas lights in a snow storm.
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Your "decorate one big building" is a great idea! I like it, but.... I don't see the general public's mindset changing anytime soon. Maybe after hundreds of these City Halls have to deal with an answer, there will be enough public exposure to this to get people to think differently.
I think this will be a common news story across the US for years to come.

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Actually, it has become more common every year. We've been following it for a while. In some places they have moved displays to areas that can better accomodate traffic. I recall last year the story of a guy who moved his whole display only then to face a fight about the nativity portion of that display then in a public area.

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