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Old 07-12-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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DC sprawl doesn't stop. It just keeps going and going.... Soon, it's gonna connect with the Richmond area, take the Eastern half of West Virginia and what's left of Maryland.
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Old 07-12-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Not in my book. There are some low-density sprawling housing developments here and there around Purcellville and Hamilton, but except for Lovettsville none of the towns of NW Loudoun County have lost the rural atmosphere they once had. They will though the instant a few major employers announce they are setting up shop in/near Leesburg. As of right now most people who live in Leesburg work in Reston/Herndon or Tyson's Corner. If people could WORK in Leesburg, then all of those places I listed above will be sold out to developers galore.
I believe that poster was referring to the Eastern Panhandle of WV where it has indeed arrived.

Again, of course NW Loudoun is going to appear rural..the current zoning laws require one home per every 5 or 10 acres of land.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:48 AM
 
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Here's the rule:

Anything past on Route 29 SW of Gainesville=rural
Anything west of Haymarket on 66=rural
Anything on Route 50 from Lenah west=rural
Anything west of Leesburg on Route 7=rural
Anything north on Route 15 past Leesburg=rural
Anything south on 95 past Fredricksburg=rural

So.........

Fauquier County is a RURAL county
-Catlett/New Baltimore/Paris/Bealton are RURAL
W. Loudon is RURAL
-Lenah/Middleburg/Hamilton are RURAL
ALL of Clarke County is RURAL
ALL of Frederick County is RURAL

Anybody who has been on 50 west knows Middleburg is NOT an oasis like Clifton, VA but it actually is a functioning rural community.
It is Virginia Hunt Country.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:51 AM
 
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I believe that poster was referring to the Eastern Panhandle of WV where it has indeed arrived.

Again, of course NW Loudoun is going to appear rural..the current zoning laws require one home per every 5 or 10 acres of land.
Uh NW Loudon IS rural.
It is not an illusion like Clifton, VA or Manassas Battlefield.
This is a functioning rural area.
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:35 AM
 
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Anybody who has been on 50 west knows Middleburg is NOT an oasis like Clifton, VA but it actually is a functioning rural community
....full of nouveau riche city folk pretending they're old money country ladies and gentlemen.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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....full of nouveau riche city folk pretending they're old money country ladies and gentlemen.
I haven't been out that way to "verify" but the term ruralpolitan comes to mind.

Word Spy - ruralpolitan
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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Out of curiosity, wouldn't it be better from an environmental standpoint to just abandon that cute rural lifestyle and just let the forests regrow? I mean, it's not like western Loudoun's natural state is open fields dotted with cute farmhouses. If we really wanted to preserve things, we would try to maximize density and then let nature reclaim what we took from it.

The above paragraph was (mostly) tongue in cheek, but I really do want to know why people think preserving a rural landscape mostly devoid of forests is such a good idea. It's about as unnatural as tract housing, at least for the East Coast.


1. We need to eat. Farms are good that way. (not horse farms so much, but oh well). Its hard to have high density cities without food.

2. Farming isnt "natural" in the way that forests are. It DOED however (and folks sometimes forget that) go back well before european settlement. The indians here farmed corn, squash, and beans, in relatively sustainable fashion. It seems odd to think that we should come here and impose a non agricultural system on a continent that had agricultrue for centuries before 1492.

3. Most urbanites find agricultural areas attractive, in ways that typical suburban development isnt (at least to most, I know tastes vary)

4. Most of the practical objections to sprawl in terms of green house gases, , etc are prevented as much by agricultural preservation as by forest restoration.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Uh NW Loudon IS rural.
It is not an illusion like Clifton, VA or Manassas Battlefield.
This is a functioning rural area.
Uh, what is this your third (or maybe 4th) User ID? There are more creative ways to spread your anti-sprawl message around. It is rural because of the 10-20 acre zoning, that is all I was saying.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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You couldn't be more wrong and naive.
Western Loudon...anything beyond Loudon or Route 50 once it hits 2 lanes...IS rural.
It is not like Manassas Battfield or Clifton...which are oasis in the jungle.
It is a rural lifestyle and rural living in VA Hunt Country.
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