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ginevive
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# Posted: 16 Feb 2004 13:55


I don't know how it is in other areas, but here in western NY, houses are springing up all over the countryside by me. I personally live in a house that was built before the year 1800, and I love it. I get very upset seeing acres of land being cleared to build one house. It's always people with a lot of money doing it, and it seems like they move on in a few years anyway, probably building a house in some other wilderness area.
Doesn't this bother anyone else but me? I tried to knock it aside last year, saying, all through history people have been building and it isn't going to stop. But even now this past week, I saw three new houses going up on a 45-minute ride through the country from my mom's house to ours.
I visit areas where, as a kid, I hiked with friends and played in the woods. A lot of those areas have houses on them now, fenced off and manicured lawns have replaced the trees long ago. At this rate, will there ever be a time when everything turns into one sprawling suburb?? My biggest fear is that our landlord will die and his 300 acres of woodland will fall into some smarmy developer's hands.


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Josh
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# Posted: 16 Feb 2004 18:00


It does bother me too, the best we can do is keep petitioning for more protected wilderness areas and try to buy as much of the unprotected land as we can, since it would take our permission to do anything on that land.


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x5dmr
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# Posted: 16 Feb 2004 22:23


I just moved into a new development in on the outrskirts of Columbus, ohio. and it is the same way here. (my buddy bought a house, i am staying here til i graduate from college). there are no trees that are taller than 20 ft. it is hot in the summer (no shade) and windy (no trees to block the wind). but one thing that was interesing was to hear that there is a creek running through the development, and there is an endangered mussel (its not neat that it is endangered). it's interesting because when ever a development goes up they have to to an envirnmental impact assesment and if that mussel had not been endangeed there would be no creek. and if there was no development no one would ahve found out about the endangerd mussel here.

we have this saying in forestry that goes :developments are named after the trees they cut down that resided there.

spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 00:12


wow,Gin. im suprisedyou only saw 3 new houses on those 45 mins,i wouldve seen atleast 3 new developments and 10 new houses in that time span! especially here in the city. i live in the nicer part of philadelphia( which isnt as nice as say,the suburbs, its about inbetween the outskirts and the suburbs). my father used to live one block from our house now,so he grew up in this neighborhood.i see alot of pictures of the way things used to look and geez!what a difference. all the places he would hang out, all his "drinking spots" (lol) even places he would go camping are completely gone. a few blocks away from my house is a railroad which is mainly used for freight,not passengers. the railroad has been there for as long as i can remember and its always been on the outsides of pennypack park,a HUGE state park in my area. lately theyve been knocking down the trees around the railroad tracks and putting these ugly, all look-the-same houses around the tracks. i dont understand,land around railroad tracks has no foundation because of the rattling the trains make. the ground is so unsettled,and now they put houses on it? what sense does that make? not to mention these are houses our family could NEVER afford,but they section 8 them(which is am SO against). things like that make me so angry,im so glad im moving out of this city. we have almost no wooded areas left here, and no one does a thing to help conserve them. im so glad im moving to south NJ, where everything is sticks but the major highway. see ya city folks!


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Brian
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 05:05


It happened here already and continues too. A lot of amphibians are endangered because of the habitat loss.

cheshireycat
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 06:12


I totally know where all of you are coming from. What pisses me off here is how they develop into the Everglades. They're not even what they used to be because of all the drainage they've done over all of South Florida just to make it inhabitable by people, and it's ruined all of it. And, when they build a new neighborhood into the West (only direction to go), they super drain the land because of how prone to flooding we are. So, they really, really destroy the area surrounding the new development, and then figure it's not swamp anymore... so they build on it, too, and ruin more area when they drain that stuff.

Things are overpopulated and I hate it. That's why I'm leaving this country when I can save enough $$ to buy an island... and I'll probably buy land in this country, too, just to prevent jerks from building on it.


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green_toad
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 11:43


It's the same in the UK, dispite the high price of housing at the moment there dosen't seem to be any slowing of the building boom.
However the field opposite my house was earmarked for developement but bats were discovered to be nesting in the trees, so it is now a protected site.

spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 13:10


thats so lucky. the place i vacation, in Barnegat,NJ. was suppossed to have a huge development start building last summer. but when they looked over the area,they saw it was a pine barrons snake sanctuary,which is an endangered species. so no more developing!yay. we should just pick up an endangered species of an animal and start putting one on the new site,then they cannot touch it. ahh,thatd be nice...


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cheshireycat
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2004 07:11


Funny, I don't think they care here. Many of the animals in South Florida exist only here, and only in a small pockets. The only live coral in the continental US, the only Everglades, and animals that cannot exist anywhere else because of these things, which are being destroyed. Go people!


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Brian
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2004 07:36


The main problem is here things get protected, but if they find a place to relocate they get around the law. This doesn't take into account that the new area might be worse off.

Things are bad enough that sometimes they need to build ponds and stuff.

Josh
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2004 17:00


It's not that they don't care it's that people feel more important than the environment so are willing to do what they want to it in the name of their survival, and that usually results in more stuff being built.


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ginevive
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# Posted: 21 Feb 2004 23:04


Isn't it sad? There are sinking homes in Amherst, NY, not too far from me. Every night there's an article in the paper about how those homeowners want the government to pay for their sinking homes. With taxpayer dollars! Oy.
I think that the builders should be responsible, since they built the darned homes on swampland. An evil little part of me sees the sinking homes as the frogs' revenge!


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