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Old 02-03-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Seeing small towns and rural areas devoured by urban sprawl is horrible. I don't think people moving to an area for that "small town atmosphere" understand how they are helping to destroy that same atmosphere by buying tacky McMansions and demanding fast food restaurants and cheap chain stores within a few miles from said homes. Is it just me or does anyone else believe there may be a special place in "heck" for developers?
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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The problem is when you take good farmland and cover it with cement, homes and zoysia grass that is farmland that is lost forever.

By the time the consumer feels the pinch of that loss through higher prices, it is already too late to reclaim it.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Sad part around here is we have many "mini" McMansions that took over farmland. Several smaller towns close together competing for new move ins to keep their elementaries open. Now with the downed economy in Indiana for awhile now those homes are sitting empty decaying. These smaller towns incorporated the farmland to get these new homes on their city services. Now these same towns are struggling because they don't have the income that was projected when they updated all these small town services.
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Or it could remain farmland and keep Americans fed with American grown food. But hey, what's wrong with being a net importer of food?
Seriously, cropland/grazing land isn't "vacant," it's being used for somebody's livelihood.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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Seriously, cropland/grazing land isn't "vacant," it's being used for somebody's livelihood.
That farmland is far more important than someone having a mcmansion.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I agree that farm land is far more important than sprawling tract housing, parking lots and shopping malls.

Often times farming though is not profitable enough to sustain itself. So land goes fallow.

Crop prices go up and down. Farming methods change. Everything is fluid except the need to keep bare land empty for farming.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Another preventive measure would be to sneak out at night and move all the survey stakes before construction starts,
over and over and over again while wearing a mask, tights and a cape !
LMAO! I'm sorry I never thought of that!

I recently watched what a friend called "one of the prettiest cornfields in the county" go under to McMansion construction. And now the road floods every time it rains.
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Escondido, CA
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Look on the bright side ... Instead of this



they could have built this

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070204/images/home-homes1.jpg (broken link)

The area on your picture might even be considered 'rural/small town' by our standards ...
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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All I can say is Welcome to Orlando, please hold on to the guardrail.

This is exactly what happened to us.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Please somebody tell me why anybody would want to live like the bottom picture in esmith143 post. My Lord I felt claustrophobic just looking at that picture!
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