Monday, June 25, 2007

Run with us

This morning I woke up to a skinny red fox running through my back yard and the knowledge that the forest behind my parents' home, where they have lived for 20 years, is going to be torn down and replaced by a "green" area (in otherwords, grass) for a new housing development.

I truly believe that the world would be a better place if only land developers were forced to watch episodes of the Raccoons.


  1. What!? No trees? Instead we get to look at undeveloped land for years on end? LAME! I call bullshit.

    I love Cold Lake and all but sometimes...I HATE COLD LAKE!

    (stupid useless municipal gov't grumble grumble grumble)

  2. Anonymous11:16 AM

    Maybe you should buy that land and keep the trees. Problem solved.

  3. Anon- Wonderful suggestion! As soon as I complete my time machine, I'll go into the future to talk to my millionarie self, retrieve the necessary funds, and then buy the land!

    In all seriousness, I realize the developers own the land and can do whatever they want for it, but the whole thing makes me a little more than sad/angry. It's silly to plow down trees to put in grass. They want to create a "green space" for a new subdivision. But why go to the work and effort of ripping down the forest for a green space when there's already one there? Those silly land developers!

    (Note: I haven't actually retrieved the land proposal plans from city hall yet. So this information is all based on fairly reliable heresay. It's on my list of things to do this week.)

  4. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Oh come on. Turf can be useful and the aesthetics of lawn vs. poplar bush are a matter of taste, no?

    That said, I would rather see them leave the bush as it is, so I suppose I agree with you.

    But look on the bright side: at least there is provision for some kind of green space rather than devoting every last sqaure foot to lots or roadways.

  5. My personal view is that history in Cold Lake has shown that most of these new developments end up being giant plots of dirt and rocks for up to 10 years at a time while they wait for people to buy the lots. Would you want to look out past your back yard and see giant piles of dirt? I know my parents sure wouldn't. If I'm not mistaken, that was the very reason they chose that neighbourhood to build in.

  6. Andrew, although that was the trend in the past, it's no longer the trend in Cold Lake. People are actually buying the house and lots now, and within the year there will be a subdivision back there.

  7. Oh, right. I forgot. Apparently the rest of the country thinks Alberta is rich. Meh.