I'm tallying resident surveys for a comprehensive plan that I'm working on.
One of the questions I ask is to score what type of residential development people find most appealing, with one being "exurban strip - deep but very narrow lots". An aerial photo showing an example of this type of development accompanies the question.
So far, it's scoring the highest.
This is a community that is deeply concerned over losing its rural character, but along every road, land is subdivided into strips that are about 100' to 200' wide, and 500' to 1000' deep, if not more. Driving along these roads, the landscape is the same as along most suburban streets; house after house after house, with very little sign of agriculture or open space from the roads. The narrow lots put houses close together, so the privacy and open space people normally seek in rural settings isn't there.
What is the appeal of bowling alley lots for those that live on them? Is it "nobody will ever build behind me," even though there's houses close to the sides and rear? Is it something else?
BTW, want to know what's scoring at the bottom so far? Examples of New Urbanist development.