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Old 06-11-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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Hi,
I'm not sure where to post this question:

I can't believe the number of similar threads I am reading in almost every state forum here on CD. It seems that everyone is complaining about the number of people moving into their towns, McMansions taking over their beloved country side, attitude levels, etc.

My question is: Did people ALWAYS have this concern towards their state or is this a relatively new thing that we are seeing?

For you old timers, has this always been the same concern since, say, the 1950s?
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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I think it has always been a concern, if for no other reason than development means higher taxes.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:04 PM
 
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I have to disagree that such things were always a concern. In many past decades people WANTED to see vacant land developed into appropriate parcels of residential, retail, commercial and even industrial so long as it was done in a quality manner. Further if these developments happened at a pace that was not in keeping with other needs there would be no dramatic spike in taxes. Sure there were folks out in these underdeveloped plots of vacant land that "liked it better empty", but they were outnumbered by those MOVING out to what used to be empty...

The pace of development in many areas picked up in the last few decades for a variety of reasons. The rates were ridiculously low for all kinds of construction and the qualification criteria extraordinarily lax -- it was a "financing rush". People were moving with all their expectations of "the finest in schools and recreation" and all their school aged kids all at once creating pressure to build parks, pools and schools in very short time frame. Meanwhile few areas were adding anything other than low wage retail jobs while waving bye-bye to high wage industries. Of course that would spike taxes!
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