Delavan Township development threaten...

Delavan Township development threatens dream home

There are 6 comments on the Janesville Gazette story from Jun 5, 2006, titled Delavan Township development threatens dream home. In it, Janesville Gazette reports that:

By Mike Heine Gazette Staff DELAVAN TOWNSHIP-Jan Christianson found a piece of land on Mound Road about a mile east of County F that was perfect for his dream home.

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Laura__Hunt

Madison, WI

#1 Jun 5, 2006
I'm so sorry.
Cold comfort, isn't it?
But I mean it with all my heart.
This is happening everywhere around here, and I am torn between screaming and crying.
The screaming would do no good, and the crying I do in private.

I feel like the wife in the play *Death of a Salesman* when she looks out at the audience after the death of her husband Willy Loman, and says (loudly): "Attention must be paid! Attention must be paid!"

It was a plaintive cry from an average widow of an average man, both of whom had been ignored by those with more influence.

I'll be following your "story."
I hope it has the kind of ending that you two appear to deserve.

Again,
I'm so sorry.

LH
GrowUpandGetOver It

Sun Prairie, WI

#2 Jun 6, 2006
Welcome to modern America. Nobody can afford to live in the city, nor do they want the headache. It's the Suburban rush of the 70's all over again. But then again, I live in a mostly working poor town and the new homes here start around 300K. May not seem like alot, but when you look at the size, then calculate heating gas, electricity & water...well the bottom line is my 50K per year won't cut it. I guess I could suffer with some run down home...whatever.
Laura__Hunt

Madison, WI

#3 Jun 7, 2006
GrowUpandGetOverIt wrote:
Welcome to modern America. Nobody can afford to live in the city, nor do they want the headache. It's the Suburban rush of the 70's all over again. But then again, I live in a mostly working poor town and the new homes here start around 300K. May not seem like alot, but when you look at the size, then calculate heating gas, electricity & water...well the bottom line is my 50K per year won't cut it. I guess I could suffer with some run down home...whatever.
First, I like your username. I wish I'd thought of it--it's a good one.
Second, you're absolutely right about this being the 1970's suburban rush out of the cities all over again. Except that now it's people looking north to the "country" towns of Wisconsin. I plead guilty to this: my husband and I moved up here from a NW suburb in Illinois 5 years ago. The suburbs that we raised our family in--they're mini-cities, unrecognizable from what they were 30+ years ago. When I have to go back there for some reason, I take 14 into Illinois and our former "hometown"--last time I did this, I drove right past it--didn't recognize it through all the new building that had been done. It was unnerving. I couldn't wait to get back here; the "Welcome to Wisconsin" sign is indeed a welcome sight. I relax as soon as I see it.
About the housing in Fontana--you're dead-on right again. We built a house 5 years ago for a few more hundred thousand $$ than you mentioned--and now it's worth more than twice that. I guess this is a good thing for us, but it's disquieting to see neighbors who just moved in, put up a for sale sign because they could no longer afford the house they bought after the tax reassessment. Seems people really stretch to build these homes, and simply hope that somehow they'll be able to heat it, cool it, maintain it in general, and pay the taxes which will only go up again. Doesn't always work out.
The smaller houses you mentioned--I know what you're talking about and they're popping up all over the place for outlandish prices.
I guess it's like they say: location, location, location. And if you're anywhere near Lake Geneva (or Geneva Lake, I don't know which name to use)-- well, that's the location that's drawing people like us up here. We've vacationed here for all our lives; it only made sense to move here when our family was grown. Not to mention that we needed, badly, some peace and quiet--something that's no longer available in our former suburbs.
I'm afraid ours (and others) search for peace and quiet is causing long-time residents anxiety.
But as you said, welcome to modern America, circa 2006.
It's an exodus; I just hope it can be contained and controlled so towns like Fontana, Walworth, all of them--don't turn into clones of the suburbs we left behind in Illinois.

LH
Frank Brown MAT

Ashburn, VA

#5 Jul 19, 2010
Laura, do you have a brother named Mike Hunt? Say it fast...
Peincha Gringo

Ashburn, VA

#6 Jul 23, 2010
That Brown guy isn't very funny....
Organ Donor

Ashburn, VA

#7 Aug 1, 2010
Just remember someday your dream home may turn into a "NIGHTMARE"

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