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Old 09-28-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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I wonder if anyone saw this. This audio slide show is particularly heartbreaking. My husband lived here 25 years.

I also did street view on Google maps to see Cape Coral. And that was last year! I haven't had a chance to check anywhere else. It looks very sad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/us...se&oref=slogin
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:54 AM
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Location: North Central Florida
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Interesting, the local angle on the national meltdown. I do believe the local situation is exacerbated by some of the bonehead moves by the local governments, city, and county in SW FL.
A friend sent me an article a couple weeks back, about how the business of "securing" foreclosed, and otherwise vacant houses was becoming big business these days. A few days after that another friend sent me an article regarding the theft of plywood, from, you guessed it...boarded up houses. Even so far as some of the stolen plywood found, being used to board up another house a couple of blocks away.....Seems thieves are an imaginative bunch, eh?
Seems scavenging the bones of our country is becoming the new pastime, sad indeed, when we start destroying our own, in the name of "staying alive".
Here in SW Florida, I'm not aware of any organized effort to "secure" vacant properties. I dont get around Ft Myers much, but a News-Press article a couple days ago highlighted ONE city of FM employee, charged with securing, and basic maintenance, of vacant houses. I can honestly say, I have seen many, obviously vacant houses in Cape Coral, but not a single one that is "boarded up".
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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Very sad. In Ohio we had similar issues with empty, forclosed homes too, just not on the same scale. At least the article nows says we are 6th. This area went from country to city very quickly, and the city planners must not have controlled the growth well. There are some buildings here started and never finished. It was sheer market speculation and now everyone else pays the price. I know there are a few vacant around me, but I have not seen any boarded up either.
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