Mobile-home Decay

Problem of abandoned or storm-wrecked single-wides pushes states toward controversial 'predisposal' fee on new units.
September 24, 2004, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Mobile homes are among the region's most popular affordable-housing options, according to census figures. In North Carolina, they account for 1 in 5 households, and in some South Carolina counties, they make up more than 40 percent of homes. Half the residents of Coal Run, Ky., live in mobile homes, and even city hall boasts a tin roof... But as a generation of single-wides built after World War II enters its senior years, many states are finding themselves with a glut of structures that have been abandoned due to age or storm damage, resulting in a landscape that lacks the charm of old clapboard farmhouses and tobacco barns."

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Published on Thursday, September 23, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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