Take the Long Way Home

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The green path is the way we used to get home; the red path is the only way we can now get to our home. In October 2008, well-connected members of Roper Mountain Estates subdivision had Greenville County commandeer our narrow private road and declare it to be a one-way street, even though Greenville County has no right of way there, making it impossible for us to return home without driving over a mile through convoluted paths through RME subdivision – a trip we could avoid by driving literally two seconds on our own road.

This road in front of our house is a private road that used to be a narrow, gravel road named Luest Road. A subdivision named “Roper Mountain Estates” (RME) was constructed nearby, and a gate was put at the end of Luest Road that adjoined the subdivision boundary. Somehow, the gate was removed, and one of RME’s roads was tied in to Luest Road. Luest Road was then paved and renamed “Roper Mountain Court.” The last house on Luest Road (#109) became “109 Roper Mtn. Court,” and tellingly, the houses across the street (in the subdivision) are 150 and 154 Roper Mtn. Court. What happened to all the houses between 109 and 150? And where could they be put? (What happened is that there are two different numbering systems here: the original street numbers to which the road belongs, and the new street numbers, which were continued from the subdivision numbering.) RME buried the larger of its two entrances.

How did this state of affairs come about? Well, understand that Greenville County Councilman James F. Burns lives in the subdivision. The subdivision began by borrowing our private road without our consent, and now we are being forced to borrow a mile of the subdivision just to get home several times a day. The same thing must be happening to the subdivision residents; why don’t they stand up and sue whoever closed their large entrance?

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