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I so know how you feel. We live in a similar area, and it's fairly close to town. Recently several new homes have been begun, and I really dislike the new scenery. It's one of the reasons I want to move further out, and one of the reasons I want a large acreage--so that I can control how closely someone builds to me.


thanks for the tour. It's beautiful.


Ah, the inevitable growth. If you love the land and the country and the views and the environment - well, what can you do? If you move elsewhere to get away from the people you're just adding to the problem someplace else.

I live in a rural and rapidly growing community, facing lots of growing pains. Answers to the very issues you reiterate seem very fleeting and not at all sufficient to address every aspect of the situation. It is, as you say, not so much that the people moving in are bad, it is, simply put, that they are there. And I suppose we who were here first (in my case, nearly first, like 1700s) tend to resent it even when we try not to.


Oh my. I wish you had the lottery ticket too.

Shannon Hodgins

What a beautiful tour. I hope the your little stream by you (the pic of Owen that's so amazing) will be saved.

I'll save the mountain if I win the lottery ticket, but umm....you might wind up with me for a neighbor!

To bad there isn't more eco building. Your house seems so much more in harmony with the moutain rather then just there. Shannon


I'll take you up on that lottery promise. Let's see: I would get a librarian with some sense of caring for the environment as a neighbor. I can handle that!


Try living in a city of one million if you THINK thats busy..sooner or later your kids have to crawl out of the bush and attend University..


I think you miss the point. I specifically don't live in a city of one million. In fact I moved OUT of a city of one million in order to live in the country away from people. I am also an educator who lives six miles from a University, so my kids aren't exactly in a bush.

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