Rips are small (2 to 10 acres) landholdings taken out of ("ripped from") larger farms, usually within commuting distance of a city but beyond the sprawl zone. Garages and small sheds usually surround the houses on a typical rip lot. Rips occur when farmers sell small tracts in order to meet rising taxes or ususual expenses. Once an area is dominated by rips, it becomes difficult for a developer to put together enough land for efficient subdivision-style building.

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