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April 29, 2008

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Becs

Ew, creepy, creepy! Celebration doesn't look this creepy because it's in Florida and everything there is fake, anyway. But Missouri - come on, that's Twain country. It's heartland, it's Midwest. This New Town is just so, so wrong.

Caroline

I was fascinated by the concept, but repelled by the reality.

Have you seen the episode of X-Files with the garbage monster that attacks anyone who is not conforming with neighborhood covenants? That's what I picture happening there at night. Always leave before sundown.

magpie

You're probably not allowed to hang your laundry outside, or plant vegetables in your front yard. I hate rules.

yookie (aka tonya)

I've lived around the corner from one and used to shop there. The shopping "district" (?) was near the main road so you could just pop in and get your groceries at the giant Meijers or Target and then pop back out again. Creepy, but then again perhaps uber convenient? The one church thing is freaky though-- like something out of a B movie.

Shania

Run away, Queen, run away. I have friends who live in one of these communities. Yeah, they're here in WV, too. Unless you really like your neighbors, in a Big Love kinda way, you will be miserable. Walk out on your deck? There's the neighbors! Take your trash out? There they are again. Stumble home drunk at 2a.m.? You get the picture.

Erin G.

ick. you do NOT want to live there.

~~Silk

In the late 70s early 80s I lived on Wanegarden Drive, in Churchill, a planned community in Germantown, Maryland. Daughter was toddler to first grade then, and the fact that almost everything we needed was within walking distance was very convenient (and saved on gas). That was good.

However, the people who ran for election to the community governing board tended to be power-mad egocentric shallow idiots. That was exceedingly bad, and turned me off to planned communities forever.

melati

Are those real pictures of the houses? The brownstone one is icky.

(But I kind of the liked the French Quarter one....I'm a sucker for porches.)

Amy in StL

I live in the condo version of this here in the Lou. It's a large condo community that is run by people who have lived there for years and they don't even allow bird feeders on the back porch!

Also, those of us who deal with floodplain development and management can't wait until the next big flood. I think we're planning a party to watch the pseudo-rich in New Town complain about their perfect new homes being flooded. And they will be. Yes.

KC

All the houses look much too close together. Don't they at least have driveways in between? I have to admit I really like the French Quarter style house. It would be really great to have one like that if I lived in New Orleans (or maybe even in Soulard).

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TasterSpoon

This is what I pictured when I read that part in A Wrinkle in Time where all the identical children come out of their identical houses at the same time and bounce their identical red balls on the sidewalk in sync.

styro

Man, I always railed against neighborhoods where all the houses look the same, and then I bought a house on a street full of cape cods, all built within a few years of one another, by the same builder, with the same floor plan. We don't have any neighborhood association, which is good, and the houses were super run-down and therefore cheap, so all my neighbors are funky fixer-upper types. Plus, we all end up doing the same renovations at the same time (everybody got new roofs 2 years ago, new bathrooms this year) because everything falls apart at the same time. Which means we get good contractors because if someone does a good job, we all end up hiring him. (Bad contractors, well, you're on your own with that one.)

I guess I get the appeal of the super-squeaky-clean planned community with the community rules against playsets and front yard gardens, and huge Home Owner Associations and whatnot... but it's not my style. Old and funky and cheap and busted--- that's how I roll.

Jammies

TasterSpoon--yes, exactly!

Styro, you just described my first house.

All of these places give me the creeps, but I try to remind myself lots of people seem to like them. *shudder*

styro

I just realized what wigs me out the most about these "planned communities." Where all my minority neighbors at??? Really, I mean, who wants to live surrounded by a thousand upper-middle-class honkeys? Bogus. I like my gay/black/elderly/crazy/tattooed neighborhood.

Catherine the Red

New Town is the same idea as Wing Haven minus the golf course.

Candy

It looks like a town I once created in SimCity, where all the residents were unhappy and moved away.

Ashley

Little boxes. Little boxes. Little boxes full of ticky tack . . . you get the picture. I visited New Town with a power-hungry developer ex-boyfriend about three years ago, before the canals were built. It scared the hell out of me then and it still frightens me to death. Lurking beyond those little boxes are scandalous little lives. Our neighbors in Winghaven were swingers, the others were fighters. No privacy. No secrets. No way. Save yourselves! No New Town!

TheQueen

Weird. I swear I replied to this last night. My fear now is that I typed all this into someone else's blog.
Becs - Hey! We can be as fake as the coasts.
Caroline - my TeddyJ litter is seeing the X-Files movie on Friday. I never got into that show.
magpie - Well, our subdivision has that same rule about the laundry. It isnt enforced.
yookie (aka tonya) - I can't picture that at all: Target isn't from the Fake Quaint period.
Shania - I just realized my next door neighbor is gone. This is the second next door neighbor in a row.
Erin G. - but ... look at those cute brownstones.
~~Silk - I just realized we walked to school and the store and the library when I was 5 and lived in Houston.That wasn't planned.
melati - really? I like brownstones. Of course, it's hysterical that they are all packed so close together because there's no room in New York -- wait -- this is a cornfield.
Amy in StL - That last bit sounded evil! Like God will punish them for their architecture.
KC - It's that tightly packed cornfield again.
TasterSpoon - The only thing I remember about that book is the word "tesserect." I need to re-read that.
styro - that's how I'd like to roll too ... but the new houses with no character were so much cheaper.
Jammies - I can see the appeal. If I was in the house and not looking at it from the outside.
styro - Yes. In Saint Louis your community would be U. City. I always wanted to live there.
Catherine the Red - based on Ashley's comments, you might be right.
Candy - They didn't die? All my Sims die or explode into flames and then die.
Ashley - Any insulated place has those scandals. Junior High, summer camp, band camp, planned communities.

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