Suburban Growth

Remaining Ranch Land adjacent to new Dublin Development

Remaining Ranch Land adjacent to new Dublin Development

 I find myself on the rural fringes during the last years of my life, although my preference has always been to live downtown in cities or towns where I have a good view of the human parade.

Rapidly growing Dublin, California, is a centerless town marked by residential sprawl, several commercial strip malls and a few  “big box” stores.

New arrivals buy the hundreds, if not thousands of  new houses for $700,000 plus in high-density developments on the east side of the city. Often newly arrived immigrant families pool their money with relatives in order to buy a house. ( average income in Dublin is about $101,000)

The east-side developments replace pastures where cattle once grazed.

Cattle graze across from new housing development

Cattle graze across from new housing development

 California’s population now exceeds 38 million, so land is becoming scarce. Typical “New” California suburbs are populated by mostly young or large extended families. The huge new houses occupy small plots of land, but inside have up to five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Dublin Land Development 2012-2013

 

 

 

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