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Worse Than I Thought

Went and pored over the maps for the city-in-a-box they're dumping on us.

It's closer and bigger than I realized.

I had been thinking, for some unknown reason, that it was between Jordan Lake and the Haw River, but it is, in fact, between us and the Haw, running south to poke Jordan Lake. So it's not seven miles away, it's around three and a half, and it is cuddled right up to both main roads heading to Raleigh, which means we will have no way to avoid the traffic coming out of it. (I had hoped the long rural road that goes south of here would be a back way out, but no, of course not. The bulk of the development is actually right up along it. That's a two-lane road, just to be clear, pretty much wall-to-wall blind corners and with no stop signs or stop lights.) It is also running along the road up to Durham, although that one widens to an exciting FOUR lanes!

Parts of it are actually touching the current business part of town.

I had been hoping--har---that it would be a case of "This is a planned "work-live-play" community and they have their OWN stuff, so they'll just be over...there...and they won't bother coming into here because we'll have nothing they want." But no, it'll be RIGHT THERE.

Even if it fails, the failures will be sitting empty where we can see them.

I feel nauseated when I look at the maps. It's an unexpectedly visceral reaction. I keep telling myself "Thirty years is a long time, there are more options for failure than for success, even if all goes ill, you will still have your garden and your acreage and Kevin is enthusiastically behind the plans to ring the property line in giant metal chickens so that nobody moves in next to you because you are clearly batshit insane."

It is a good plan, but I don't know if there are enough metal chickens in the world.

I don't know if there are enough metal chickens in the world.

I've long held this opinion.

It is a good plan, but I don't know if there are enough metal chickens in the world.

To quote Mel Gibson in Beyond Thunderdome: "There will be..."

They put out giant metal chickens in the grocery store's garden section here every summer. By god, Texas can provide you with more metal chickens if need be to keep that development away from your frogs.

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Seconded; developers keep doing Field of Dreams planning and then finding out that no, people won't come unless you build a lot more than just a house.

Animated metal chickens? I'd move in right next door!

I support the giant metal chickens even if the planned development falls through.

Really, I'm terribly sorry to hear this. It's one of my worst nightmares too and I'd admittedly probably be reacting worse than you are.
When the small wooded acreage behind my house (as in, my 'yard') was planned for a slash/burn/possible development, I made myself violently poor in order to buy it and keep it what it is. I'll be years catching up, financially, and it is not exactly luck that has allowed me to own it... but is was such a relief. Now as long as they don't try to grab it for fracking...

Miracles do happen :)

The powers that be wanted to put a motorway (freeway) across the valley from us, right on the height of our windows. It would have ruined our view and our peace, without any compensation. Five years later they cancelled it. May you have an equally good outcome!

A place near me has just recently stocked up on giant metal chickens--let me know, and I'll hook you up.

I'm sorry to hear that the development is so very close to your home. It sounds like they've really not taken local infrastructure into account at all.

Sorry about this abysmal development: Clearly you need to add giant metal chicken construction to your skill set.

I just did some googling; I don't know exactly where you are in relation, but good grief, that's one sprawling mess of sprawl to be sure. I've a couple friends who can weld, maybe we'll get started on some metal chickens for ya...

--SMQ

I hate so-called "progress". Leave rural areas rural!! This is what we get from constant, unending "expansion". It nauseates me.

If you want to do a kickstarter for the giant metal chickens, I'll totally back it.

Edited at 2014-06-12 04:20 pm (UTC)

I have a nephew who's very creative and a welder. I bet he could whip you up a batch of metal chickens.

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yea, the key will be keeping the roads right around you small. getting historic protections in place & limiting parking can help this.

it might turn out ok

in ellicott city, md, the old stone village is abutted by little farms (goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, etc.) even though there are huge apartment buildings & similar developments within 3 miles. it can work.

I've been slowly watching the small town I grew up in be developed more and more, and it's heartbreaking to watch. I'm so sorry, and I WISH there was something that could be done. Here's hoping that their plans stall out and this goes the way of the dodo before it gets bad.