Wow, what a wasteland this blog is, huh? Not updated in three quarters of a year. Maybe its purpose no longer seemed defined to me, since my fiance and I moved to a new neighborhood and I no longer visit or clean up the field regularly. Also, laziness.
Speaking of wastelands, there are two empty lots, one west of the restaurants and another east of the clubhouse, on opposite sides of the pleasant apartment/townhouse neighborhood we live in now. The west one was graded at the same time as the rest of the neighborhood back in 2002, and since then a bank has been built in one corner and some townhomes in another corner, and a strange road to nowhere paved through the middle of it, but most of it remains ceded to the weeds. The developers haven't even gotten that far with the other one. Neatly hidden from view in the neighborhood by a fence, the area was graded in 2006, and the development that was started has yet to be finished. Concrete gutters define streets never paved and the edges of nonexistent sidewalks. Water lines were apparently installed, shown by manhole covers, fire hydrants and sewer line caps. And that's it. Concrete lines and rusting iron circles that will disappear beneath colonizing plants in a few years time if no one does anything with it. Prairie dogs will return, and snakes likely already find the heaps of broken concrete piled down the middle of one of the non-streets to be excellent habitat.
I find it interesting to explore, as I would any ruin, although it isn't so much a ruin as a complete failure to build in the first place, which is itself an interesting occurrence. And if, as I suspect, this and the other lot represent small ruins of the unsustainable, then its return to nature is fine with me. But if someone built a dense, walkable neighborhood with a few more restaurants or other businesses to add to the local repertoire there, I wouldn't mind.