The "old-timer vs. newcomer" controversy has been around for as long as anyone can remember. It certainly is not specific to Carroll Gardens, but the rapid changes in our neighborhood are obviously very upsetting to many who have lived here all their lives.
Yes, over the past ten years, Carroll Gardens has lost many of its mom-and-pop shops, the real estate prices have gone through the roof and the many new bars have attracted their fair share of loud patrons.
All that is true and sad. But blaming all of this on the new residents of the area is unfair and unproductive.
Rather, it would make more sense to get involved, get to know the old-timers as well as the newcomers on the block and work together to maintain what we all love about Carroll Gardens.
Though the writer of this particular letter obviously has a right to (anonymously) express his or her opinion, the very angry tone is more than a bit disturbing.