|Near the top of the photo, do you see the words "40' R.O.W." (those letters stand for "right of way")?|
And the Interurban easement running perpendicular to it to the lower left. This strip is accessible from the Interurban.
It's about 700 feet in length. This is the best-kept local secret I've stumbled upon (literally) in quite a while now.
|Instant walking companions!! Bonus!!|
I remember back in January when I was sifting through records trying to track down who was developing the Gas Dude property, I stumbled upon a record for a nearby tract which actually had an ag exemption on it. "Holy crap!" I thought to myself, wondering who was attempting to skirt their property taxes. "There's no livestock near Centerpointe." Well, someone slap me, because yes there is! It's amazing what you discover when you actually get off your suburban duff and explore the world. This is an absolutely beautiful 15-acre tract that is owned by someone who is very lucky to have both the land itself and these happy and very curious bovine munchers. This is the northwesterly tract that the R.O.W. runs along.
Again we see an expression of fear based on a statistical misperception. Nothing in this life is completely safe - even writing blog posts carries risks (what if the ceiling of my room spontaneously collapsed on my head?! What if the house caught fire and I couldn't get out?!). But walking around in daylight in our suburbs is pretty darned safe, especially with a feisty shepherd mix at the end of the leash.
|I didn't vet the quality of these particular data, which were screengrabbed from this site, but for the sake of argument, let's take them at face value. Basically what they show is that the odds of getting murdered, raped, robbed, or assaulted around here are statistically miniscule. But that's not the perception that folks tend to get from watching the evening news on TV.|