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hay    Posted 04-30-2004 at 06:41:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
way out here in the country(well, used to be country) i see a new strip shopping/storage building starting construction. is the whole USA nothing but a shopping center now? everywhere i see clearing for shopping/convience stores, but most of them are empty in 6 months and then just sit there until someone buys it and opens a new hair salon or dog grooming or another trendy restrauant. i know more and more folks are moving to rural areas, but i sure wish they would just enjoy the empty spaces and not fill them up with shopping centers. just venting some steam. let me know how it is where ya'll are.

KellyGa    Posted 05-01-2004 at 22:19:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Late posting, it is bad, very bad. The county I live in is over run, wall to wall concrete, empty buildings become flea markets and dollar stores ( and not even good dollar stores). Henry County is the third fastest growing county in the country! 15 years ago you couldn't see your hand in front of your face at night, now, pppsshhhhht, son't get me started, I hate it, I do.

Donna from Mo    Posted 04-30-2004 at 06:54:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live between two towns, one is population 780 and one is under 500. To the south is I-70, and a larger town there. It appears that eventually the 10 miles between my little town and I-70 will be nothing but housing, where once was rolling farmland. But people have to live someplace, and the population keeps increasing.

New-gen    Posted 04-30-2004 at 06:52:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know where you're coming from. Gets under your hide doesn't it? I know it does mine. I'm lucky to live in an area that's still rural-and our county is doing their best to keep it that way-in order to build a new home you have to have a minumum of 75 acres unless there was one there before. Keeps the yuppies out!

REt    Posted 04-30-2004 at 10:34:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Evidently that is to your liking, but what if you wanted to leave it to say three children, they could not build on it, could they? You talk about yuppies, which means to me people in the upper bracket. With a 75 acre min. who do you think will be able to afford a home in that area. You can bet it won't be affordable. Also, these kind of restrictions are being tested in the courts today, over the rights of the landowners to sub divide their holdings. Your post kind of sounds like bigotry towards people wanting a part of what you evidently have. Maybe I am wrong.

New-gen    Posted 04-30-2004 at 13:36:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
So--Let me get this straight--because I happen to want to keep my farming community country, without having to dodge SUV's and 4 wheelers with drivers flipping me off, I'm a bigot??
Yes I have land, does wanting to keep it make me evil? There are a surprisingly large amount of small acreages in this county that qualify to build on. And they sell for big bucks.
Because my opinion differs from yours, I'm a bigot? You are entitled to your opinion the same as I am, but I have never called you or anybody else on this board any names and you are the first one to do so to me. And I resent it.

Ret    Posted 04-30-2004 at 15:51:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suppose none of you large landowners own SUVS, or the upper class of autos? What I am saying, is as much as you want your way of life undisturbed, there are thousands that want that peace of mind too. Do you build a fence around your county to keep the undesirables out unless they can buy 75 acres? That could very well be bigotry. I also said I could be wrong. Guess we all would like to have a home where we don't hear noise or are bothered by others, but for some to have it and keep others out, draws a fine line. I live in the 7th fastest growing county in the US, I see farms torn up every day. I don't like it either. Guess we all are going to have to get used to the fact that growth will come

deadcarp    Posted 04-30-2004 at 07:39:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our county has a simple way to keep the population around town: If you're more than a mile from city hall, you can only split a 40 once - with a split mimimum of 2 1/2 acres. That prevents trailer parks in the boonies and still provides elbow room for grannies. :)

New-gen    Posted 04-30-2004 at 07:43:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounds like a good compromise, I do agree with Donna, people have to live somewhere. But we sure don't need trailer parks and subdivisions in the middle of the cornfields either-

Pitch    Posted 04-30-2004 at 12:02:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't see being crowded out in my area for many years to come. We have no water or sewage so commercial enterprise does'nt come this way. The north end of the county is the populus area and we hare on this end are pretty much considered hicks and rednecks which we probably are. The way the regs are set up for well and septic makes anything smaller than an acre unbuildable.

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