Ask my wife where she grew up and she'll say, "The Air Force." Her father was a fighter pilot, she grew up on bases all over Western Europe, with the only exception being a two-year stint at middle school at the Air Force Academy here in Colorado Springs. As you can imagine, it's a noisy life, with jets coming and going at all hours.
"The sound of freedom" is what Air Force families call all the noise. According to my wife, they say it's a buzzed overhead – so they say it's about as often as a Vox.com writer says, "Well, actually."
Now imagine that instead of being at Air Force base, live […] space port. This is the location of a small southern Texas neighborhood that finds itself in what Elon Musk's SpaceX builds out to be a private spaceport for developing its Mars-bound Starship rocket.
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Boca Chica village is not exactly happy about the big changes (1965) and big noises) coming to their once-sleepy neighborhood, and SpaceX is worried about possible safety risks to the locals. The problem came to a head earlier this year when SpaceX fired up the Star Hopper testbed platform, which accidentally started a small brushfire. Business Insiders have a recent letter Musk sent to Boca Chica residents, offering to buy their properties at three times the appraised values. Yet several residents say they might not take the bait.
There's even a juicy sweetener for any space in the neighborhood. The offer says:
SpaceX recognizes that its close proximity to its operations has offered a unique opportunity to experience at close-hand. In appreciation of your support, we would like to offer you the opportunity to continue your relationship with us.
If anyone is reading this lives in Boca Chica, and I'm thinking of taking the money … please let me know, and invite me as your VIP plus-one.
The offer went out a couple of weeks ago, and will end on September 26. That means Boca Chica residents have just six days left to decide whether or not to take advantage of the independent appraised value for their homes – cash! – or learn to live with the chest-rattling sound of interplanetary rocket engines. Not to mention the slight-but-real risk of small brush fires or large explosions.
Besides, cashing out at a retirement value? That's what I call the sound of freedom.