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With phoenixredux: Let's go be railroad conductors!
Canadian Pacific is developing a shortage, and a local community college has a seven week training course.

With perruche_verte: Lets find a cheap vacant lot and erect wacky prefab housing to live in! (We went and saw the Walker exhibit) Cool stuff. One interesting thing that struck me is, if you get this modular prefab housing, a starter home really can be a starter home (not just a first home, which you move out of when you outgrow it), you can easily upgrade by adding more units to it later on.

I probably won't become a railroad conducter or build prefab housing to live in, but I could, and if I decide I really want to, I will!


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Feb. 25th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
woah those prefab houses! woah! reminds me that once or twice I saw some really cheap (under 20K) small abondon lots come up on ebay for st paul & mpls. but I have no idea what kind of neighborhood they were in.
Feb. 25th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I accept the idea that cheap lots will be in, uh, less popular neighborhoods.
Feb. 25th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Not always true. Sometimes there are good undeveloped lots because they are difficult to plumb for water/sewer. Especially in St. Paul, that's often the case. You might get the land for under $20k, and then spend that much again putting in the utilities. So if you're going to buy a lot in St. Paul and you think that might be the case, call my former father in law at the St. Paul water utility - 651-BOOM-BIG. Ask for Phil. It's what he does, which is why I know this.
Feb. 25th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
That's a good thing to know, that empty lots have their own unusual hidden costs like that. Comes down to the same thing I suppose, you just don't necessarily know it at first.
Feb. 25th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
I've had that prefab housing one, too, but I have that so often that I don't even post about it. Can you believe it? I have thoughts that I don't post on LJ? I can hardly believe it myself, but it's true. :)

There was a good article in the NYT today about an architect who built a house - not prefab, but using a lot of common materials - for about $50/sq foot.

Lately I've been having dreams about a design that's a cross between Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller. I'd love to build it. Or at least draft it. I should get some 3d cad software. I need some for work, anyway.
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