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Old 04-01-2007, 12:32 AM
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Cumberland, Maryland: Pleasant overall, but the job situation is horrible and the wages are very low. Also most people around here were born here or nearby in WV or PA, which doesn't add to the diversity. I also wish people had more pride and kept their yards cleaner and stopped littering. I will probably move again in the future after my family obligations are done here. Of course it would be perfect if I were able to substain a decent lifestyle.
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Old 04-01-2007, 05:11 AM
Location: VA
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I live in Annandale VA and find the town is going downhill fast.

Illegal Aliens have flooded the main commercial street and stand around all day as Day Laborers. It is a blight on the town.

The neighborhoods that were once all White are mostly immigrants now. Trouble is there is so many immigrants who do not speak English that Annandale Schools have gone way down hill. It is a struggle when 50 different languages are spoken.

The commercial areas have not been improved since the 1960s. Few National restaurant chains. The best place to shop is Kmart!! All in the middle of the most well of County in America, sad.
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Old 04-01-2007, 06:33 AM
Location: NEW JERSEY
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I grew up for the first 18 years of my life in a place called Wood-Ridge, NJ. Very small and most people have never heard of it. But close to East Rutheford which is famous for Giant Stadium.

The good:

-Close to New York City

-View of the skyline from my block

-Suburban and safe

-Kid friendly (walkable stores and parks in town center)

-Close to towns with culture and shopping

The Bad:

-Part of Bergen County, which makes it expensive

-Traffic from the stadium on the highway

-Blue Laws (malls closed on Sundays)
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Old 04-01-2007, 12:41 PM
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[quote=ScrantonWilkesBarre;521248] -Curtailing urban sprawl before it causes more damage than it already has: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was seeing massive population nosedives for many decades. At the same time, our land usage grew by 20 square miles. Why?
McMansions dot our once-forested hillsides. Big-box stores are creeping up everywhere. Traffic congestion is continuing to worsen (I-81 is now at TWICE its capacity in the Scranton area). As our population is now growing for the first time in 50+ years, I'm terrified that our urban sprawl epidemic and accompanying traffic congestion are only going to continue to worsen. QUOTE]

I agree with most of your posts Paul, have a lot of respect for you, but this is happening everywhere, EVERYWHERE. And if you go to Queens, NY where I gre up, you'd be shocked at what urban sprawl is like there. Pwople are sellig their homes, they are being bought, knocked down and 3 or 4 story homes with the house to the edge of the curb, big brick, unappealing structures to house the 30 people in their family. Where there was once a small patch of grass out front, well, they don't care about curb appeal, they park there cars there. These structures give new meaning to McMansions. Nothing pretty about them. I saw one lot that was 15 ft wide and 220 ft long, and would you beleive they are building a 3 family house on it!! 15 Ft wide!!! The house is to the edge of the property, no set back requirements.
When I go back to L.I., I hardly recognize some areas, and when I left it was already developed, they are squeezing something in on every inch of vacant property. I think what is being done here, at least isn't downright ugly to look at. We can call them McMansions, many of us don't want to live in an area like that, but they really aren't ugly.
I think it is just a sign of growth in the area. We can't stop it.
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