Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Next Slum

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Think twice before heading west to realize your dream home... and perhaps read this interesting take on the future of suburbia in this month's Atlantic.

Thirteen sq. miles of land--farmland (mostly fallow), woodland, and marshland on the southern and western borders of the City of Waukesha are going to be within the city limits in the next two decades, according to planning documents and the pipe dreams of developers and City Administrators who see that development as a new source of revenue for running a growing city.

The Mayor, the Planning Commission and the Water Utility want badly to see all of this developed as "upscale," housing for high income new residents. They definitely do not want any "downscale" houses built.

But, Slum?

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