The housing bust has left ghost towns scattered across the nation, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a tour of half-built or largely empty developments, the paper finds residents who moved in early, only to find themselves leading lonely lives surrounded by eerily deserted homes and weed-strewn lots. One woman who lives on a street with 30 empty houses outside Atlanta notes the upside: she usually has the community swimming pool to herself.
On the other hand, at night it feels rather like living in a cemetery, she says. The percentage of vacant housing hit 4.8% nationally last month, the Journal notes—the highest point in at least 33 years. And up to a fifth of developers have stopped building over the last year, leaving desolate subdivisions as a monument to bad planning. (Read more housing stories.)