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January 20, 2013

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Something I'd like to see, and maybe you as well would be recycling of residential areas. I mean face it, isn't there a part of whatever town you live in where you think, "man if they bombed this place it would be doing them a favor."? Rather than tearing up valuable farmland, or God forbid forest lands on the edges of established places and extending sprall, why not buy out an entire neighborhood level it, and then build a "planned" community like you suggest?

I saw something similar when I was living in Bend. Several of the old neighborhoods that were built to house mill working families way back in the 20's. They were not built to be nice places back then, strictly functional. Organizations went in, bought up large portions of these non descript neighborhoods, and rebuilt very nice looking retro style houses. The kind that are meant to look old, but are up to standards.
I imagine like anything else, the devil is in the details, and the removal of the old asbestos riddled places has it's costs, but I'm sure they can be levied in the price to the new owner fairly.
Wouldn't it be cool to have your "planned" concept, in a place that was never planned out?

I've been looking at Woodburn Sr Estates. I was hoping to find something similar, so did a google search. This blog post came up. So far I'm not having much luck. I'm surprised by how inexpensive the homes are there. It is near the freeways which is a bummer, but the houses and neighborhood are charming. Very small lots, but I'm not sure I need much any more. I don't play golf, but I think the space might work for me anyway.

I like the "Build it and I will buy it" quote. I too, a baby-boomer an on the same quest.

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