5 responses to Keeping it rural
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    Comment on Keeping it rural (October 15th, 2007 at 18:11)

    We visited Lancaster County four years ago and I was amazed at how crowded (and commercial)the community seemed to be. Our OOMs are widely spaced and have moved north and west of the growing cities to get more farmland.

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    Matthew
    Comment on Keeping it rural (October 16th, 2007 at 10:48)

    Having relatives who live in the Lancaster area, it is amazing how much development is occuring there. Sadly, many of these “cookie cutter” homes are being built by those who still will be maintaining their jobs in either Philadelphia or Baltimore, which ironically grates so much against the Amish ideal of families staying and working close together.

    One wonders if there will even be an Amish population in Lancaster County in the next 25 or 50 years considering suburban sprawl and the relative high cost of land for farming or commercial ventures.

    Perhaps you could blog about some of the groups that have migrated out of Lancaster County for other areas.

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    Comment on Keeping it rural (October 16th, 2007 at 15:56)

    It will be interesting to see what happens over time.

    I might write something on Lancaster daughter settlements, that is an idea. There is a little bit I did write already about Parke County, Indiana, back in July.

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    Comment on Keeping it rural (October 17th, 2007 at 10:52)

    So much land near large cites is always gobbled up for more and more development. Why can’t we leave some of it farmland?

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    Comment on Farmland close to city centers in Europe (October 18th, 2007 at 01:48)

    Farmland close to city centers in Europe

    I bet that if we built more compact cities like those in Europe then there would be more farmland within relatively close proximity of city centers.

    But how many people really want to live in a tiny apartment? People would laugh at some of the places I’ve lived in Poland, but they have been considered fairly standard sized places for what you get over here. I guess we have different expectations in the US…and a lot more land per capita than your average European country…

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