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Suburban Slums: Another Consequence of Suburban Sprawl
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by Mike, College Terrace,
on Feb 22, 2008
"In the Franklin Reserve neighborhood of Elk Grove, California, south of Sacramento, the houses are nicer than those at Windy Ridgemany once sold for well over $500,000but the phenomenon is the same. At the height of the boom, 10,000 new homes were built there in just four years. Now many are empty; renters of dubious character occupy others. Graffiti, broken windows, and other markers of decay have multiplied. Susan McDonald, president of the local residents' association and an executive at a local bank, told the Associated Press, "There's been gang activity. Things have really been changing, the last few years.""....
This is the kind of human and fiscal tragedy that carefully densifying our urban areas will prevent. Ultimately, we will pay a many times over for sprawl. This is just one of many ways.