Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Vanquished in Victorville (Or: A new low in the High Desert)
This kind of thing disgusts me. Sixteen new homes in various stages of construction — including four completed houses — razed to the ground because of a cynical bottom-line calculation.
Yeah, I understand that the Texas company that owns the homes in San Bernardino County's Victorville, a High Desert community of 110,000 people on I-15 on the way to Las Vegas, didn't have enough cash to finish the homes, but their solution is completely messed up.
I could understand that the homes in the early stages may not have warranted finishing, but knocking down four nice homes (even if they are cookie-cutter tract homes) is a foolish waste of resources and labor. Surely some better way to save these units could have been found, like finding bidders to take them as is and pay the cost of completion themselves. I have relatives in the area and they would have jumped at such a chance.
When we have so many homeless, so many people living in substandard houses, so many still un-resettled Katrina victims, etc., this is just dumb. Another example of how worship of the bottom line trumps practical use of resources. Isn't that how we got into this mess in the first place?
on May 06, 2009