This section is from the book "Practical Real Estate Methods For Broker, Operator & Owner", by Thirty Experts. Also available from Amazon: Practical Real Estate Methods for Broker, Operator, Owner.
So much for the development of the suburb with its limitations of the rectangular block and the straight street. To the man of originality, however, the most attractive field for development is found in just pure country, rough country, where nature has thrown great boulders about, where she has cut deep chasms, thrown up hills, planted great trees, sent cascades tumbling down into the valleys. Here are materials for the artist hand which knows how to use them. Here lies an opportunity to give to every place an individuality impossible under the conditions we have been considering.
These features of rock and hill and dale - priceless in the sight of the artistic developer - are mere obstructions to the man who does not know. His ruthless activity ceases not until every beautiful knoll has been levelled, until every valley has been filled in, until every grand, old, moss-grown boulder has been blasted into building stone, and every century old tree converted into lumber. When this work of destruction is completed and the land is brought at great expense to a dead level, he is then prepared to commence "improvements" by laying cement curbs and sidewalks and building shop houses. He doesn't need an architect. He is sufficient unto all things.