We have this one particular back road that is/was amazing.
In fact, nine times out ten in the good old days (pre-COVID) I would choose to go that route to and from work, even if it did add a few minutes to my "commute." (Let's be real, my "commute" is laughable to most commutes).
It was a deliciously winding road through the countryside with a few houses sprinkled here and there. To drive down that road in either Spring or Fall was an absolute delight.
Well, about a year or so ago, while out for a Sanity Drive - you know, a drive with no destination but gets me out of the house and, depending on the day, possibly saves The Husband's life - I noticed a sign near one of the wooded areas that declared a new housing development was going to be built. I was kind of sad but figured the developer would want to keep the charm, plus I know how strict our town is on new developments, so I figured it would be ok.
Over the next several months, I noticed they removed a few trees to make way for the roads for the development. I assumed that, much like our neighborhood, they would leave a good majority of the trees and tuck the development mainly out of sight behind the trees.
Imagine my utter shock and dismay when I was driving down this once delightful road to discover they had clear cut the ENTIRE parcel! Not one, single tree was left. And then the houses went up.
Now, I KNOW that a new development takes time to flesh out the landscaping, etc. before it actually looks nice. I know this first hand.
But y'all, while these houses aren't the worst thing I've ever witnessed but, holy cow - they weren't houses that I (were I the developer) would want to be on full display either. I wondered how this developer got away with this monstrosity. Then I discovered that this development is just outside the town limits in an unincorporated area - and that's how they got away with it.
All of that isn't even the worst part of this story.
So a couple of days ago, while on a Sanity Drive, I happened down that road once again. Guess what they've done?
Planted puny, anemic looking trees at the entrance of the development. All evenly spaced apart. So, they ripped out all of those glorious, mature trees just to plant other trees - trees that will take years to grow and will never be as majestic as the trees they ripped out.
And to think, this developer had a chance to tuck those houses, unobtrusively and out of the way, preserving the charm of this once beautiful road. Instead, they chose to let greed take over in order to utilize every square inch of that development..
I guess I'm going to have to find another delightful, unspoiled road for my Sanity Drives since they effectively ruined this one for me for years to come.