Monday, January 10, 2011

Mysterious vanishing homes

Now NPR is jumping on the bandwagon of national attention of the latest home to be demolished by accident around here.  What I don't quite get is why this is news?  It is not like this is uncommon. 

Here is the thing... isn't the real question here why someone showing up to demolish a home never considers the question "this does not look right, maybe I will check if this house should come down?". 

They don't because, in a complete veil of ignorance* way, it probably seems quite logical to tear down the homes in question.  That says a whole lot.

I suspect if we parse the numbers, the city of Pittsburgh has pretty much the oldest housing stock in the nation... if you exclude Jamestown of course and maybe a few old places in New England.   I bet the places that might have older housing stock have had a tad more investment in them to keep them up.. or were better built in the first place.   So if someone were to compute a 'real age' metric for housing, how far off the chart would we be I wonder?

*Note that is not a pejorative, but a philosphical context.


Anonymous MH said...

I'm sure the house looked like it might need demolition (I read somewhere that the neighbors were called the city to say they were glad it was gone), but I'm still glad they fired the company.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:12:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Maybe they can tear down about 10,000 of the wrong homes. That would eliminate the excess capacity and allow home prices to correct to norm.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:45:00 PM  

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