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I came across this article using stumbleupon, and thought some of you might find it interesting. He sounds like a really neat guy, I'd like to spend a few hours with him.

"Wearing dirty sneakers, worn corduroys and a shirt with visible holes, Robinson doesn't look like a man who owns hundreds of acres of rustic property here. But he does - and he has made arrangements to donate a piece of it as large as New York's Central Park to create a new Missouri state park."

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Tiamat (author)2008-11-04

Awww, I can't open the article :(

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Goodhart (author)2008-10-31

Wow! in my area, I remember as a lad, hearing of an acre of farmland going for 2 grand.....and now it is WAY over that (over 100 times higher....).

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Big Bear (author)2008-10-31

He says he doesn't want it to go to "melonheads" but he gives it to the government ?

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He's giving to the department of Natural Resources...they care about the environment.

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Doctor What (author)2008-10-29

Someone needs to give that man a hug. A big, big, big, gigantor hug.

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JellyWoo (author)2008-10-29

WOAH! that's really nice of him.

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westfw (author)2008-10-25

Isn't Missouri one of those rustic rural states where individuals routinely own 100s of acres ? (ie not at all like the SF Bay area... Sigh.) "Rustic" land tends to be relatively cheap, where it exists at all...

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NachoMahma (author)westfw2008-10-25

. Cedar Hill is 50-60 miles SW of St. Louis. Still pretty rustic, but not exactly the middle of nowhere. Even at, say, $500/acre, that's a pretty good chunk of change ($400K+). Probably close to what you SFers pay for a residential lot. :)
. Here's a nearby 16 acre ranch/farm for $500K. Not a good comparison, but all I could find on short notice.

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westfw (author)NachoMahma2008-10-26

137 acres, $265000. An interesting study in contrasts to urban environments. Only 1475 sq feet of house, but has basement, 2 barns, 650 sq foot metal shop... Sigh.

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Kiteman (author)westfw2008-10-26

In London, in the credit crunch, that kind of money gets you a one-bedroom flat, with a view of a garden.

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whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-10-26

That's exactly what's putting me off wanting to go to Uni in London.

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Kiteman (author)whatsisface2008-10-26

If you're going to uni, no matter where, as a fresher, I would recommend you look into "halls" anyway - you're safer, less isolated, and it's easier to access specialist help.

Some halls are catered as well, so if you've paid your rent in advance you will always have something to eat, no matter how quickly your other funds run out.

(I don't know if it still applies, but I had friends in catered halls who signed up as vegetarians - vegetarians were rarer then, so the food was made in smaller batches (= fresher), and came in larger portions because they spent the same amount on it as the meat-based meals)

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PKM (author)Kiteman2008-10-29

When I ate in hall at university I mostly went with the vegetarian option because the meat they served looked so entirely unappetising. Fresh vegetable and chilli lasagna or a doughy chop floating in some unidentified watery sauce? Not a hard choice. Brunch, on the other hand...

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Derin (author)Kiteman2008-10-27

I think the Bilkent dorms are good to live in,but they say no pets and high power appliances,still,I dont have those so i will probably use them when im in uni

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whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-10-26

Thanks for the advice. I've been looking into Imperial, and they have halls or residence in Kensington of all places.

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whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-10-26

Yeah, thats exactly what I've been thinking.

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Kiteman (author)whatsisface2008-10-26

Maybe there are halls further out of town, cheap enough that it's worth commuting?

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whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-10-26

I'll look into it, I'm sure they must have cheaper places.

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Labot2001 (author)NachoMahma2008-10-26

Land in West Texas will go for about $50/acre or even less. Of course, it's all mountainous and not really good for anything...

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Plasmana (author)2008-10-26

Wow... That is nice of him...

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bumpus (author)2008-10-26

Heh, When I lived in Canada, we owned 2,100 acres of prime wheat and barley crops. This guys does sound pretty awesome..

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thematthatter (author)2008-10-26

where i live a guy donated a couple hundred acres of land to the local County boy scout troops.

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