Wednesday, May 14, 2014
If I haven't mentioned it lately The Small-Hold is located at what I call the very edge of Suburban sprawl. Thirty years ago I could stand out naked in the front yard of this place and if I saw a vehicle drive by it was more than likely a relative. Then all the old timers started dying off and the various farms here about were split up. Many were broken down into smaller parcels and the surviving children then built MC-mansions nestled in the woods while selling off the scattered fields but the farmland closer to the highways were turned into sub-divisions.
Up until 2007 I watched in horror as these cheap little sub-divisions continued to expand towards us. To be honest I thought the gig was up then as the stakes went up in the field directly across the road from us and the graders were brought in on trailers. The large lagoon area was scooped out and the road margins were staked. Even the individual lots were marked off.
Those dozers and graders sat out there for over a year waiting until one day I looked out and they were gone. The stakes were gone, the surveyors tape was gone, the lagoon was just a pond and the farmer who had once leased the land was back discing it all up again.
The tide had turned, at least around here locally.
Since that time we have witnessed the sub-urban sprawl in retreat. Most of the houses in the last little sub-division have been up for sale at least once since 09 and a couple just rotate over and over again. Eventually they always find someone to move back into them but the upkeep is wearing em out fast. In the past month alone two more popped up for sale and the families who lived there simply moved out leaving em vacant.
The little town down the road that once boasted a small grocery store, cabinet shop, beauty shop and three gas stations now has one gas station remaining.
Year by year, inch by inch, business by business we are once again becoming more rural.
The government can scream recovery, they can post all the phoney numbers they like but we have been at the ringside seat to watch this slow grinding collapse and decline. It has been in full retreat mode now for years.
I for one am not sorry to see it go.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!