Where is the backyard?

United States
July 31, 2007 1:18pm CST
As I walked my dog down the street this morning I noticed that one of the yards had a badminton net strung between two trees. What ever happened to back yards? With the high costs of homes, there seems to not be enough room for a back yard anymore. When I was a kid we played in the back yard, not the front. Front yards were usually smaller and more ornate. Now I always see kids playing in the front yards, or the street. Some homes have backyard pools so they have no real back yard. At over $150,000+ you would think there would be enough room for a yard. But I guess the builders are to blame too. Got to get as many houses in as little space as possible. Who needs kids anyway?
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
31 Jul 07
you hit the nail right on the head...there is more demand for houses and with that greenspace gets eaten up, sure most neighbourhoods have a token park, but thats about it these days.
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@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Most do have itty bitty parks but nothing really beats going into your back yard and playing.
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• United States
31 Jul 07
Yeah if they even have a park. Most of the ones around here are not near a subdivison. Parents have to get in the car and take the kids and dogs to the parks to play. Thanks.
@gberlin (3836)
31 Jul 07
When I live in Chicago as a kid we had a small backyard yet it was big enough for everything we wanted to do. Then at 10 we moved to Michigan. The backyard was huge. Couldn't talk my parents into a swimming pool though. I think that a lot of people are not using backyards the way they used to so a bigger house on a lot makes the yard smaller but its the house that is more important now.
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• United States
1 Aug 07
Yeah, I guess with so many people having so much to do with work and scheduling families going here and there they skip the yard.
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Oh, I know what you mean. I drive past these new developments all the time and just shake my head. There is little to no backyards to these things and they are so incredibly close to one another that you could just stick your arm out the window and pass the borrowed sugar. Playing in the back yard was always the best thing to do and with most new homes here that is nearly impossible.
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• United States
31 Jul 07
It is really sad to see how our world is going. I shudder to think what the house that grew up in would cost these days. We had a lot of room in the house plus a lot of yard space. Now you cant even think of throwing a ball around cause you might break a window and set off alarms!