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Old 02-03-2013, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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What is with the obsession on here with things being "dense"? A lot of "dense" places tend to look crappy and run-down but charge outrageous amounts to live there.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:26 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The property that was referenced in the original post was in a rural area of the County. There were environmental issues with it due to proximity of wetlands both on the property and adjacent to it. Stormwater management issues that would have degraded one of the last nearly natural streams in the area. Transportation issues due to the lack of an adequate road system. Water and sewer issues. Critical Area issues due to proximity of tidal waters. The general antipathy of long time residents.

A note about condos in Southern Maryland: a developer who gets condos approved in this area might as well stop at the Courthouse and file his bankruptcy papers at the same time. Townhouses aren't much better.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I can't believe someone actually stopped the development. Thank goodness.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:01 PM
 
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Developments get stopped all the time. The unusual and heartening part of the story to me is that there was money to buy the land as parkland. Many of these sites get caught up in repeated and multi-year, sometimes multi-decade battles.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Our neighborhood was built in the early 1960's. Nearly all the lots here are 60' wide x 100' deep. Our home is over 1,600 square feet. I think it is the perfect size lot for a home. Many of the newer homes around here that were built within the last 10 years are sold as patio homes and sit on 4,500 sqare feet lots. The newer homes are normally 2 story and are in the 2,000 to 3,500 square foot range. Seems like a lot of home to have on such a small lot.

Not sure what the correct answer is to what should be built on the land. What I do know is that within reference to what we have I wouldn't want any lot smaller than 6,000 square feet.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Canada
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A note about condos in Southern Maryland: a developer who gets condos approved in this area might as well stop at the Courthouse and file his bankruptcy papers at the same time. Townhouses aren't much better.
Oh well, I guess what works in one set of local conditions and culture just wouldn't work in another. I was drawing from my own experiences but I don't know much about how things work in that area, I've never been there. Here, single family houses aren't really built anymore, most new housing is condos because it's more affordable and you can fit more of it in good spots with access to transit (people want this as highways are rare and usually too congested). Similar trends are found in Toronto, although some areas of the country are still building more houses than multi-family.
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