LOVEJOY, Ga. —Communities left incomplete by the housing bust are causing more problems than just empty and overgrown lots, according to homeowners. Some residents in Clayton County said they're also leading to potentially dangerous conditions. Melanie Scott, a homeowner in the Lovejoy Crossing subdivision, said she and her neighbors have had to fight for basic services, including street lights. Scott said residents also had to go to the city of Lovejoy to get a dark, undeveloped corner of their own neighborhood barricaded after a stream of illegal activity.
Another chapter in the accellerating failure of private communities. I wonder if municipalities have learned anything from this experience. One would think they would realize that putting their financial future in the hands of real estate developers is risky business. But on the other hand, you can't underestimate the effectiveness of developer dog-and-pony shows that promise city leaders that there will be rainbows, pots of gold, and new village halls in exchange for the development permit.
Thanks to Fred Pilot for the link.