Suburban Frontier

Sometimes it seems as if the suburbs go on and on for ever.

subdivision and parking lot

subdivision and parking lot

An endless sea of neutral colors, uniform style, wide roads, shopping centers, and parking lots.  Eventually, after many miles, they do come to an end – the Suburban Frontier, where the subdivisions meet what’s left of what was once vast swaths of farmland and prairie.

new construction with barn and silo behind

new construction with barn and silo behind

In northern Illinois, the suburban sprawl was going full throttle, until the economy and housing market crashed in 2007-2008.  Some of the subdivisions here simply ground to a halt, only partially completed.  The houses that are out here are gargantuan.  The scale of these places is really hard to fathom.  I’d love to get an aerial shot to really show the scope of the landscape out here.

incomplete subdivision

incomplete subdivision

The sewer lines, hydrants, and utilities are all in place.  The lots are flagged and ready for building.  But there is almost no building going on any more.  Roads that should lead into areas just stop.

end of the road

end of the road

To quote Shel Silverstein, “this is where the sidewalk ends.”  Literally.

where the sidewalk ends

where the sidewalk ends

Not that there’s anything out here, but just in case the streets are lined with “no parking” signs.

no parking

no parking

The roads may come to an end here, but they have lights to illuminate where you’re not going.

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2 responses to “Suburban Frontier

  1. Maybe the recession had some upsides! I’m concerned about suburban sprawl and unsustainable mega-mansions in Melbourne as well… unfortunately we follow the US model in some ways…

    • That’s too bad you have that as well. It’s a terrible (and unsustainable) model. And it really is ugly looking too

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