Friday, October 5, 2007

"Ugly Vista" was taken. It's in Urbandale.

Wistful Vista ...

Let the name roll over you.

Wistful Vista ...

What does it remind you of? Breathtaking clifftop views of rolling pastureland? How about a distant skyline seen from the countryside? A brook wandering through a meadow, where deer stop to drink and raccoons pause to wash their food?

Wistful Vista ...

If you're a West Des Moines city planner or developer, it calls to mind acres of asphalt in the Jordan Creek Town Center parking lot, fields of dirt waiting to be turned into big-box stores or trashy 400-seat restaurants, and hundreds of cookie-cutter houses jammed onto the tiniest parcels possible. Wistful, indeed.


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