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July 8th, 2008

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05:55 am - Abandoned house

Abandoned house - plumbing
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I went for a hike on Sunday morning. I discovered two houses in the middle of the desert, half way through the construction process. It was obvious that the project had been abandoned.

It was quite emotional to see them there, someone's dream abandoned for unknown reasons. I stopped and sat on the foundations to take a drink of water and rest for a while.

I've always loved buildings, especially residential construction. I have spent hours wandering through model homes, examining every nook and cranny. If I had the resources, I'd love to adopt these orphan houses and raise them to be real homes.

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Date:July 8th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
In the small town I live in in the North of England there are currently over 400 empty flats, which developers 'threw up' in an attempt to make as much money as possible as peoples' greed in making money from their homes continued unabated for several decades. There are also many empty houses in areas that were once beautiful open countryside.

Over here there is a 'credit crunch' where people can no longer afford to buy themselves a home. As our 'problems' started with the sub-prime market in the USA, I wonder if it has started to hit the homes market over in the USA.

I too love buildings, especially the well built ones! Sadly, at least over here, I could tell you many horror stories about the lack of care that has gone into many modern buildings!!

Having spent several weeks homeless, a few years ago, empty homes make me almost angry as I fully know how so many people have a desperate need for somewhere to live.
Date:July 8th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
In my home town here, at one time we had about half a dozen houses that had been abandoned in various states of construction. As kids, we would use them as playhouses. As an adult, it scares me to think we did that.
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Date:July 9th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh I love abandoned houses too. My mother, when I was a wee lass, took me to Vermont and we went house hunting. There were several old, abandoned victorian era homes tucked away into the trees, that the forests were beginning to take back (this was, gosh, 16 years ago now). I remember the darkness, and the broken dishes on the table, and the leaves starting to grow through the roof, and the molded piano. Mmmm. man... We should go house hunting together and see if some of those still exist.

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