Where Do I Walk My Dog?

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These are pictures of the new "green" America.  Just wait until those trees grow in the non-existent front yard.  Of course, the only things growing in the rear are trash cans and air conditioners.  Owners had better hope they and their across-the-driveway neighbor don't back out simultaneously.

Forget walking the dog - where do your kids play or ride a bike?  These pictures are from a large subdivision in Prince William County.  The name is of no matter - there are others just like it here and throughout Northen Virginia.  See FIELD OF DREAMS

I don't blame the developer - I blame the government officials that approve projects like this.  The only "green" they are interested in is the "green" generated by an expanded tax base.  Of course, the land planners do require set asides that cannot be developed.  There is one major development where the land that was set aside is wetlands.  That is probably where you are supposed to walk your dog.

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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Karen

My dog has a habit of taking me for a walk

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Jul 31, 2008 11:02 AM #1
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Antoinette Murphy
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The photo on the right looks so stark.  Is there a park nearby that the municipality demanded the builder develop?  I know in south Jersey, Atlantic County, where I live, we have lots of regulations about keeping it green.  We have the State Pinelands Commission and the Wetlands Commission.  They do get involved in keeping our trees and wildlife preserved.

Jul 31, 2008 11:03 AM #2
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Peter Mann
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That poor dog... then again, some dogs love mud :-)

I have 4 Maltese puppies (thats right, 4) and I live right in the heart of downtown Bellevue (across the lake from seattle) which is a concrete jungle in the process of becoming even worse! There is a really nice park in the middle of the city, but it is always taken up by soccer, vollyball, frisby, etc. Yes, there is still room for us dog owners, but people are always complaining. We have petitioned to the city to section off a dog area or create a dog park, but they don't want anything to do with us. You would think that a city in the middle of a development boom would take that into consideration. You have tower after tower of condos and apartments shooting up quicker than you can say dog poop, but they figure that none of the THOUSANDS of incoming residents own pets. City officials never did impress me. It is these same clowns that believe that once Bellevue has fully develped, everybody will get rid of their cars and walk everywhere. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? This is Bellevue WA! People will drive one block to get a sandwich here!

Jul 31, 2008 11:11 AM #3
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Tom.  That's fine, but I'll bet there is open land around where he can walk you,  Karen

Jul 31, 2008 11:15 AM #4
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Antoinette.  No, there is no close park where a dog is allowed at the subdivision in the picture.  There is a private golf course, but you can't take your dog on private property.  There are a few stone or brick walkways, but no place for kids to play with their dog.  Our older mixed use communities have "park" areas throughout.  One of the latest in Fairfax County is built on the grounds of a former prison - the density of homes there and in nearby subdivisions is nothing more than wall-to-wall houses.  Large single family homes in the "new" Lorton are built on 4,000 to 5,000 square foot lots.  In some case there isn't more than 6 or 7 feet between homes.  They are actually fire hazards.  New building codes are requiring fire walls on the side where the homes are alongside each other that close.  Karen

Jul 31, 2008 11:30 AM #5
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Peter,  Until recently, we had 2 cats and a Golden Retriever so you don't surprise me with 4 pets.  One of these days we are going to realize what we are doing to our land is abominable.  Like you I am a realtor and have been for 32 years.  I believe in growth and development, but we are abusing the land for the sake of tax dollars.  These treeless wonders will look just as dismal 30 years from now as they look today,  Karen

Jul 31, 2008 11:37 AM #6
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Karen Local posts are an important aspect of our blogging strategy. Your idea of this format really represents in-depth community knowledge

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