OT - Gas to hit 4.00

Grant Robinson santiago at mr-r.net
Wed Jun 18 11:03:43 MDT 2008

On Jun 17, 2008, at 5:11 PM, Chris wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 4:54 PM, Grant Robinson <santiago at mr-r.net>  
> wrote:
>> I am also sickened by this practice.
> For all of you "big house, small lot" haters:  Do luxury apartment
> buildings make you sick, too?  After all, they have big residences
> inside (substitute your own definition of "big") with no space
> whatsoever between dwellings.

I don't mind luxury apartment buildings when they are made part of a  
master plan for an area or community.  For example, a 20 story  
apartment building next to a 12 or 15 story building doesn't bother  
me.  A 20 story building next a 2-story building I think is ugly and  
breaks the flow of a skyline.

> And what's the point of hating on such things in the first place?
> Don't you have better things on which to focus your negativity?

Actually, I don't have a lot of negativity, focused or otherwise.  You  
seem to feel stronger about people expressing their opinions than  
those people actually feel about their opinions.  It is also ironic  
that in writing your email, you have focused the very negativity which  
you were being disdainful of. :)

>  Who
> the BLEEP cares if developers "get rich" building such homes?  If
> people are happy to buy and live in them, why does it make you feel
> better to hate on them?

Whoa, slow down there, bucko.  If you think I spend time "hating" on  
the homes, the developers, or the people who buy them, then I have  
some oceanside property in Iowa that I would like to sell you  
(preferably for a lot of money. :).  This sort of thing is quite  
literally "Out of sight, out of mind", and I think about it only when  
I drive past such a development.  A topic came up in which people were  
discussing homes and property, and I was simply stating what I don't  
like.  There are several reasons, none of which have anything to do  
with developer greed, although it is entirely possible that such a  
thing influenced why they have done what they have done.  First off,  
communities look better when there is some kind of master plan.  If  
anyone could build anything anywhere they wanted, there would be  
chaos.  I could buy a beautiful house and have a junk yard dumped next  
door, or an auto shop, or a gas station, or a shopping mall, or a  
movie theatre, etc.  I have no problem with any of the aforementioned  
businesses, and use most of them (with the exception of the junk yard)  
on a regular or semi-regular basis.  I just wouldn't want to live next  
door to them.  I think you will find most people around here feel the  
same way about living right next door to any one of these types of  
places.  If not, they would be living in an "urban" community, not a  
"sub-urban" community.  As part of this "master plan", houses should  
somewhat blend with the houses next to them and in the same  
neighborhood.  Not that they should be the "SAME" house as some  
neighborhoods I have seen in SoCal, just that there should be a nice  
flow between them.  When you have a 3 story home surrounded by a bunch  
of single story homes, the 3-story home sticks out like a sore thumb,  
and becomes an eyesore simply because it is out of place and doesn't  
flow.  I have a number of other reasons that I could enumerate at  
length, some of which are personal preference (such as believing that  
kids need a place to play and therefore a yard, liking the space and  
views that properly spaced homes provide), and most of which are about  
aesthetics and taste.

I have also spoken not only with words, but where I choose to live.  I  
moved into a neighborhood where all the homes are on at least .25  
acres.  The neighborhood has a very nice flow, with spaces between  
homes and each person having a nice yard which they and their kids can  
enjoy.  I realize that others may have different ideals, and that is  
fine.  They are welcome to live in more densely packed areas (such as  
San Francisco, Chicago, LA, New York, etc, etc), but don't mix the two  
ideals together and build dense housing in rural and sub-urban  
communities, especially not in established communities where such  
developments detract from the beauty and flow of a community.


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