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Delaware: sales tax, new homes, moving to, history, the good the bad and the ugly.

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Old 04-27-2008, 10:10 PM
 
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Hi there, I like to consider myself a very well travelled fellow and while I was in D.C. just a few months ago and visited VA and MD as well I totally forgot about the existence of Delaware and thought to myself well there are places I haven't been to but still know a few things ... enlighten me about delaware my fellow Americans! The good, the bad, the ugly and the superb!
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:04 PM
 
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Hi there, I like to consider myself a very well travelled fellow and while I was in D.C. just a few months ago and visited VA and MD as well I totally forgot about the existence of Delaware and thought to myself well there are places I haven't been to but still know a few things ... enlighten me about delaware my fellow Americans! The good, the bad, the ugly and the superb!
Hi RangerDuke! Since I'm a local and was born and raised here. I don't have anything bad or ugly to say about Delaware. And, in my opinion, there's so much good, you wouldn't want to encourage me.

Quick Synopsis: 3 Counties, all different. New Castle - Urban, near Philly; Kent - more rural, Dover's the State Capital; Sussex - There are 2 sides....east is the beach (not the shore) crowded, most property owned by other than locals.....and west is mostly rural farm land, i.e. chickens, grain farmers. As in other states, some towns are nicer than others. Some hate Delaware, some love it. If you like the hustle-bustle of the city, of course, you'll hate it here, except for maybe north Wilmington in New Castle County.
Delaware is the hot spot, with many people moving in to the area. No sales tax and low real estate taxes have enticed many retirees, and 55+ communities are springing up everywhere. Schools are over-crowded, roadways need work, and the infrastructure doesn't support all the new subdivisions which have been built. Right now, there's a slow-down in building, as everywhere, I guess. I'm in Kent County, and Levy Court is always at odds with developers. So, basically, I guess Delaware is like most places you've been. What do you want to know? Just ask, and I will do my best to enlighten you. My profession involves traveling throughout the state, most days, which is 97 miles long, and quite narrow.

Delly
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:45 PM
 
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Hi there, I like to consider myself a very well travelled fellow and while I was in D.C. just a few months ago and visited VA and MD as well I totally forgot about the existence of Delaware and thought to myself well there are places I haven't been to but still know a few things ... enlighten me about delaware my fellow Americans! The good, the bad, the ugly and the superb!
Hi Ranger Duke, I just moved here myself, and I have to say I love it so far. Wide open spaces, friendly people, I live in New Castle County, I'm below Wilmington but close enough to a city if I miss it, I'm in a nice area where there a lot of farms but not to rural, I think of have best of both worlds. I think the best part of Delaware is that it's inexpensive to live in, and your close enough to NY, PA, etc if you want to do weekend get aways. Delaware is a great homebase. The weather seems just a little bit milder than NY and PA. Not as much snow (so I hear)
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:04 AM
 
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No sales tax and low real estate taxes have enticed many retirees, and 55+ communities are springing up everywhere. Schools are over-crowded, roadways need work, and the infrastructure doesn't support all the new subdivisions which have been built. Right now, there's a slow-down in building, as everywhere, I guess.
Hi thanks for the great info, in fact yes that is quite like most places, along the Atlantic, all the way up in Maine and down to Florida with similar trends with a boom in suburbs the past 20 years, which some infrastructures weren't able to plan out especially the more historical cities but a current slowdown due to the economy has cooled that down. No sales taxes? Wow! Not for long???

But besides being a small state I guess, why isn't there as so much publicity as you would get in your neighbor states? Do a majority of people commute to other states to work? And socially more similar to Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland or Virginia ... I guess what I mean is if Delaware is a Peninsula split in half, is there a difference say if you were in Shelbyville, DE and 10 minutes away in Berlin, MD or Collins Park, DE and cross the bridge to Pennsville, NJ???
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:56 AM
 
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[quote=RangerDuke08;3596642]Hi thanks for the great info, in fact yes that is quite like most places, along the Atlantic, all the way up in Maine and down to Florida with similar trends with a boom in suburbs the past 20 years, which some infrastructures weren't able to plan out especially the more historical cities but a current slowdown due to the economy has cooled that down. No sales taxes? Wow! Not for long???
But besides being a small state I guess, why isn't there as so much publicity as you would get in your neighbor states? Do a majority of people commute to other states to work? And socially more similar to Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland or Virginia ... I guess what I mean is if Delaware is a Peninsula split in half, is there a difference say if you were in Shelbyville, DE and 10 minutes away in Berlin, MD or Collins Park, DE and cross the bridge to Pennsville, NJ???[/quote
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Ranger....I've heard rumblings that a sales tax is being considered. But, I heard that 40 years ago, when the influx of people started their trek. So, I don't know.....I guess it depends on the politicians (yeah, we have them, too!). Delaware, primarily, is a blue collar state, and I understand there are limited high paying jobs. I've been self-employed for over 25 years and haven't had to keep up with that. I know many doctors and professionals who live here, but commute to north Wilmington, Baltimore, or D.C. But then, our Kent General, Bay Health, Hospital in Dover has the best cardiac unit in the state. Some of those doctors moved here from Philadelphia - Jefferson Hospital. Selbyville is a little rural town, and that area has a couple of chicken plants, with scattered chicken farms. Some are offended by chicken smells, while others don't mind it at all. Zoning in these areas of Sussex County is AR1, which is identified as Agriculture-Residential, covering a wide range of uses. If you poke around in this blog, you'll get all kinds of opinions on Delaware. I'll post some links here, which may describe Delaware, overall, better than I can. Delaware once was a well kept secret, but as you said,
the boom has changed all of that, not only here, but everywhere. I was born here in 1940 and am in the beginning stages of penning my first book on my life experiences, the people I've met, and the changes I've seen in Delaware. As mentioned, my profession involves traveling throughout the state, most days, and meeting people from all walks of life, and from everywhere. I guess the short answer to you would be.....Delaware appears to be attractive to professional people, and evidently, a 1-2 hour commute to their job is worth it.
Delaware.gov Topics -- The Official Website of the First State
Delaware Facts and Symbols - Delaware Geography
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Ranger, I don't know what you're accustomed to in your state, but there's no smoking in any public building, store, casino, or tavern, in Delaware. Private clubs, such as V.F.W., Ruritan, Moose, and other, allow smoking. We have the 'Move Over' law in Delaware, and I always like to mention that, because few know about it, or don't abide by it. You may have this law in your state. If an emergency vehicle, construction truck, or police car, is parked on the right shoulder, you must Move Over to the left lane.....$25 fine if you're caught. http://ohs.delaware.gov/pdfs/PDFs/Mo...in%20color.pdf

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Old 04-28-2008, 03:54 PM
 
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Well if I go to D.C. again next year I will surely visit Delaware. We also have non-smoking law and move over law in Colorado, it is fairly reasonable I believe, University of Delaware is a great school too I believe, seems like you guys have things under control as for politics compared to the neighboring areas dominated by politics. Keep up the good work on that book, I am working on some thing of the same as well!
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:11 PM
 
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Well if I go to D.C. again next year I will surely visit Delaware. We also have non-smoking law and move over law in Colorado, it is fairly reasonable I believe, University of Delaware is a great school too I believe, seems like you guys have things under control as for politics compared to the neighboring areas dominated by politics. Keep up the good work on that book, I am working on some thing of the same as well!
Yes, Please take a look at our State! U of D Fightin' Blue Hens are awesome! Did you hear about Flacco going to the Ravens? First Round, NFL draft!

Thanks for your support regarding 'the book'......been on Chapter One for 5 weeks I just have TOO much to say! My uncle is guiding me through this, having some writing experience himself. One project was his father's publication which he began in Warsaw and finished 10 years later in America. My uncle translated his writings from Polish to English! Now, that's some work! Good luck on yours, also!
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:02 PM
 
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Yes, Please take a look at our State! U of D Fightin' Blue Hens are awesome! Did you hear about Flacco going to the Ravens? First Round, NFL draft!

Thanks for your support regarding 'the book'......been on Chapter One for 5 weeks I just have TOO much to say! My uncle is guiding me through this, having some writing experience himself. One project was his father's publication which he began in Warsaw and finished 10 years later in America. My uncle translated his writings from Polish to English! Now, that's some work! Good luck on yours, also!
You'd sure be amazed, we have a lot of history to cover but imagine the changes you've seen and forsee in the next 40 years. I am planning on attending Grad school PhD in American History in the South next year, most likely Tennessee, I think Knoxville is a great area to invest in, definetly will finish 1 book on recent U.S. History. I'd always find it helpful driving, you seem to do a lot of that and lots of time to think sometimes using a tape recorder to record intriguing thoughts I come upon on the road. Tape recorder also comes in handy just in case you ever get pulled over, you never know when you need it.
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:03 AM
 
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You'd sure be amazed, we have a lot of history to cover but imagine the changes you've seen and forsee in the next 40 years. I am planning on attending Grad school PhD in American History in the South next year, most likely Tennessee, I think Knoxville is a great area to invest in, definetly will finish 1 book on recent U.S. History. I'd always find it helpful driving, you seem to do a lot of that and lots of time to think sometimes using a tape recorder to record intriguing thoughts I come upon on the road. Tape recorder also comes in handy just in case you ever get pulled over, you never know when you need it.
Ranger....That is really awesome! With a PhD....what is your ultimate goal? I'm one of those strange women who hates reading fiction, but would prefer delving into a good History Book! American History and Delaware History are near and dear to me. My son's BA is in history, but he ended up going into business with me. For a couple of years, we traveled the state researching churches, graveyards, family history, and the Underground Railroad, all within our regular work day.

I've got a library full of reading material I haven't had the time to enjoy yet. I appreciate your suggestion regarding the tape recorder; I had never thought of that, and yes, I do a lot of driving. Great idea! Thanks! Good Luck to you!
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:06 AM
 
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Oh yeah, Delly DOES burn up the tread on her tires on a regular basis! She logs more road miles than... oh, I won't go there!

And a book, my my! Do I get any favoritism as a personal friend for the first (after the family, of course) autographed copy? I'll put it right next to the autographed Tom Clancy books!

Mary
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