Friday, June 01, 2012

The housing bust as seen through the planned community

"It's just so... false in a way."

That's the take on Privatopia from photographer Amanda Dahlgren, interviewed today by Kai Ryssdal, host of American Public Media's Marketplace radio program.

Dahlgren was interviewed about her collection of photos designed to artistically portray continued residential real estate market distress in planned communities in the San Diego area -- with homes literally shown upside down.  PUD units appear to the photographer be constructed with planned obsolescence for a short life span, with new homes being built in the same development where just a few blocks away, others have fallen into foreclosure and disrepair. "They're sort of built to be disposable," Dahlgren tells Ryssdal.

You can read the entire interview transcript and view Dahlgren's photos by clicking here.

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