Tuesday, August 5, 2008

All is not well in the Shire

It appears that the bank is in Mordor.

The rise and fall of Bend’s real estate economy has resulted in foreclosure proceedings against The Shire, a village-themed concept in southeast Bend patterned after J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series.

The story list many things that may have lead to the downfall of this effort, but I see one that had only a quick mention in passing.

shire Meyers and McDonald drew up a set of rules — similar to codes, covenants and restrictions that govern rules in many subdivisions — and called them the “Declaration of Interdependence.”

“We wanted to create a community — not just another subdivision,” Meyers said.

Who wants to have to play hobbit at home? Truth is I don't know what was in this covenant but I can imagine that in keeping with the theme of the community it must of been much more than "keep your grass cut".

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