Monday, November 24, 2003

The Shire

An entertaining story from Milwaukee:
It is not quite Gandalf battling an evil fire dragon, but a Brookfield developer has found himself in a duel with residents who say a proposed subdivision with names inspired by "The Lord of the Rings" could have dire environmental effects.

Joseph Niebler, a self-professed J.R.R. Tolkien fan, wants to build The Shire, a neighborhood of 42 $500,000 homes named after the land of the Hobbits in Tolkien's epic tale. With streets named Rivendell Drive, Misty Mountain Parkway and Lorien Court, The Shire would be built on 48 acres of a Superfund site surrounding the former Brookfield Landfill.


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