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Old 06-04-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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If the areas in Allegheny County cut their tax rates by say - 30 percent - Cranberry would become a ghost town.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: North of the hood, south of the valley
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As much as everyone is pointing out the ludicrousness of what Ryanm3685 is describing, there is a model for this type of situation: San Jose.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:16 PM
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Location: M.D. Pa.
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I think Cranberry is poised to become the new Monroeville. Yes, it's a bit further from the city, but the more upscale housing stock, good schools, low taxes, etc. will probably continue to fuel it's growth--probably attract enough office parks, corporate mid-rises, etc. to make it sustainable even as gas prices continue to climb. Soulless suburban sprawl personally isn't my cup of tea, but I recognize that it serves a purpose. Living in elite East End/inner ring suburban enclaves simply isn't a feasible option for many people.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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If the areas in Allegheny County cut their tax rates by say - 30 percent - Cranberry would become a ghost town.
So everyone would move out of Cranberry and go to Allegheny county? Seriously?
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Plum Borough, east suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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I think Cranberry is poised to become the new Monroeville. Yes, it's a bit further from the city, but the more upscale housing stock, good schools, low taxes, etc. will probably continue to fuel it's growth--probably attract enough office parks, corporate mid-rises, etc. to make it sustainable even as gas prices continue to climb.
I agree with the Monroeville comparison from what I know. If people happen to live and work there, that would certainly mitigate some problems associated with high gas prices. However, at the minimum, 19 and 228 probably need new lanes if they want to keep it car friendly up there. Low taxes certainly don't hurt either.

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Soulless suburban sprawl personally isn't my cup of tea, but I recognize that it serves a purpose. Living in elite East End/inner ring suburban enclaves simply isn't a feasible option for many people.
I'm curious as to what people mean by soulless. Are they referring to the housing subdivisions where you often have limited options for your housing model? I guess you can say that is somewhat soulless.

I personally am not chomping at the bit to live in one of that kind of subdivision, but sometimes I have to wonder if "soulless" is too pejorative of a word? What connotations do you get from that word?
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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I personally am not chomping at the bit to live in one of that kind of subdivision, but sometimes I have to wonder if "soulless" is too pejorative of a word? What connotations do you get from that word?

That's kind of a joke on this board. Someone years ago referred to Cranberry as soulless, and I just won't let it go.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:54 PM
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As far as I'm concerned, "soulless" has nothing to do with the people, just the tacky, prefab nature of the infrastructure, (however much urban elitists might like to think they're leaps and bounds "better" than their exurban others).
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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As far as I'm concerned, "soulless" has nothing to do with the people, just the tacky, prefab nature of the infrastructure, (however much urban elitists might like to think they're leaps and bounds "better" than their exurban others).
Asphalt is asphalt.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:07 PM
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Location: M.D. Pa.
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Asphalt is asphalt.
Six-lane highways are six-lanes highways. Tree-lined boulevards are tree-lined boulevards, just as McMansions are McMansions and custom construction is custom construction, etc. etc.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Lawrenceville)
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As far as I'm concerned, "soulless" has nothing to do with the people, just the tacky, prefab nature of the infrastructure, (however much urban elitists might like to think they're leaps and bounds "better" than their exurban others).
I think soulless tends to be thrown around a lot for any new development. Levittown ain't much prettier today than 1955, but it's a lot less "soulness" looking given it's had 67 years to mature.
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