St. Croix County population likely to double, demographer says

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2009 - 10:34 PM

Waves of Twin Cities growth will continue to lap into western Wisconsin over the next quarter century, projections show.

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mattaudioJan. 5, 0910:07 PM

Can we really believe this report? Of course Wisconsin departments want to project that this development will happen -- more projects, bridges, roads, etc to the exurbs. Yet it seems like the era of exurban development is coming to an end.

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lonederangerJan. 5, 0910:51 PM

Hopefully the entire continental U.S. will soon be urbanized, with every square foot "developed". Doncha just love it? Man I can hardly wait.

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peterfhenryJan. 5, 0911:00 PM

It's pretty hard to look out 25 years what with oil prices, climate change, food networks, transportation all hanging on cheap petroleum. The world doesn't stand still and there is no guarantee that jobs and ready fuel will allow for people to drive a hundred miles every day, not to mention endless cheap power.

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XenolithJan. 5, 0911:02 PM

...until you realize how expensive it is to commute to the cities from the exurbs.

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BucklawJan. 5, 0911:21 PM

Even worse...too many people with bad taste! All we need are more and more suburban wastes replacing prime land. Oversized shoddy houses with cheap plastic toys in the yard for kids that never see the light of day anyway...let's hope the next generation who will build these houses, if they much be built, will possess a better sense of aesthetics and perspective.

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ussforrestalJan. 6, 0912:11 AM

Its too bad sprawl has reached these communities. It used to be woodbury was considered far away. Take a drive through Woodbury now..row after row of flimsy looking pop up houses. I'm sure they all sold for half a mil in the heyday. It would be a shame if these dollhouses started popping up in real towns and not these fake suburbs. Plus with world being so full of turmoil, low oil prices and gasoline prices won't last. Economies will recover. People who move way out will realize spending 4-5 hours on the road and 2-3 tanks of gas a week may not be worth it afterall.

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paigenalexJan. 6, 09 1:13 AM

This is America! We all have the right to live wherever we want in whatever type of dwelling we want, relative to our incomes. Why do people in Richfield and Edina care about the commute times from Hudson and Woodbury? Let me guess- peak oil, air pollution? My suspicion is the people who spend their time complaining about oversized pop up houses are jealous. These homes would not be built if some people did not desire them. Leave those people with their dreams of an idyllic exurban lifestyle and I bet they'll stay clear of you friendly folks hanging out front of McDonalds in Uptown. Live and let live! By the way, Hudson is closer to the Metro area than places like Burnsville.

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adamyustJan. 6, 09 2:09 AM

Where are the planners? We need a denser metro soon. Sorry to be the one to say it but we are running out of oil and we are not going to be able to commute from Hudson or St. Cloud anymore in the future. Instead of building Hwy. 36 across the river build a lightrail line. Your right this is America and we have a right to make sure we don't look like Atlanta. Met Council, give us an Urban Growth Boundary before it is too late! Fine, build in Wisconsin but don't complain to me that it is not feasible to run a bus out there or gas is now too high for your commute, after all you chose to live there, this is America right? Oh, I am not jealous of cookie cutter houses, they are bad housing that puts more cars on the road that I then pay for un-needed congestion that emit noxious gases, which are all harder to rid ourselves of once those monstrosities are built. Again not jealous. Run back to your monoculture, extending a hand to those on the street in Uptown is probably the last thing people like you would do.

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lithrayJan. 6, 09 2:52 AM

My wife and I both have been blessed with 3 miles from our house either way in Bloomington,MN. I'm telling you it's the greatest thing to never see a freeway except to travel. Thanks.

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BigPeteJan. 6, 09 4:31 AM

Just dont complain about your commute

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