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Man to donate 800-plus acres for Mo. park Answered


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
Tiamat

12 years ago

Awww, I can't open the article :(

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

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
Big Bear

12 years ago

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

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

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

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JellyWoo
JellyWoo

12 years ago

WOAH! that's really nice of him.

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westfw
westfw

12 years ago

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
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. 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
westfw

Reply 12 years ago

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
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

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
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

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
PKM

Reply 12 years ago

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
Derin

Reply 12 years ago

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
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

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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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

££££

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, thats exactly what I've been thinking.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

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

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

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
Plasmana

12 years ago

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

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bumpus
bumpus

12 years ago

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
thematthatter

12 years ago

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