Sprawl

Sprawl Gone Wild

By Ryan McGreal
Published April 08, 2008

Check out this Google Map of a subdivision in Parker, Colorado. Then, when you think about the Ancaster Meadowlands, remember that it could always be worse...

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By Frank (registered) | Posted April 08, 2008 at 10:00:41

Ryan, I couldn't help but notice the name of the town. Unbridled is a good name for it! How did you find it? Bored at work? :-P looks like the work of the same drunk city planner that built the survey that's north of Stonechurch between Upper Gage and Upper Ottawa.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 08, 2008 at 10:06:03

Nice catch, Frank! I didn't even notice the name.

I saw this on a social news aggregator, so I can take no credit for finding it in the first place.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted April 08, 2008 at 15:29:42

Oh my God. I don't think this is bad planning at all. This is a giant circuit board for the aliens!

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By jason (registered) | Posted April 08, 2008 at 17:16:41

haha...it's like a huge ladybug.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted April 09, 2008 at 18:27:47

I always thought this part of phoenix was just horrible -- but kind of compelling to look at: http://tinyurl.com/44o8k4

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 09, 2008 at 21:57:56

Yikes! One building per block + abundant surface parking = fail.

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By jason (registered) | Posted April 10, 2008 at 13:19:35

I've driven Thunderbird Blvd in Phoenix. It's horrendous. I wouldn't move there if you paid me. The entire city makes Peel region feel like New York City.

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By Higgledee piggledee (anonymous) | Posted April 12, 2008 at 11:04:45

So, I hope you're not saying that Meadowlands is done yet? With a little effort. Meadowlands can probably make that town in Colorado look like....
Colorado.

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By frankieMac (anonymous) | Posted April 13, 2008 at 11:50:47

What a waste... I was thru there awhile back .. beautiful country.. I guess they don't have Smart Growth or Hammer GRIDS or Places to Grow intensification policies in place. BUT the big question is ,, DO WE ??
Question for Jason or Ryan... what ever happenned to the Chedoke ( hospital ) Brow Condo development.. thought itwas a great re-use for a brownfield site.. was jogging through there a couple weeks back.. not much activity.. some "commie" NIMBY signs are still up. Last i heard from my mother who lives nearby was the Scenic big lot owners want either no development or only up to 22 houses on 25 acres. Sounds like the Meadowkands

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