less suburbia please

By: bawlf , 1:12 PM GMT on October 31, 2013

All the properties surrounding my 25 building condo development are consumed by 1 to 5 acre yards with very large homes. I first moved into this area 5 years ago and the land to the North and East of us was undeveloped except for the infrastructure; that is, paved roads and short approaches. Nature was plentiful: deer, rabbits, moles, coyotes, gophers, hawks and one well known and talked about brown owl 'Barney the barn owl."

Alas, for the most part, this has come to past. The acreage estates are about 55% built up and the wildlife has moved on. Sad, really, and I have gradually become aware of how important viewing wildlife, on a daily basis, has become important to me. I have especially noticed a very significant decline in the number of deer and coyote sightings. A bright note - a movement is swelling in the Edmonton city council, demographers, tax payer advocates and environment activist to make Edmonton a city focused on beginning the journey of pursuing 'infill' new housing activity as well as the genesis of a less automobile intensive way of life.

Presently 4.4 C with a high for today of 10 C. Scattered rain in the morning with a chance of 60% precipitation.

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Hello I will be giving weather news from the county of Parkland near Spruce Grove, Alberta. Spruce Grove is 15 minutes West of Edmonton.

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