Reblog: Small-Scale Developers, Big Dreams

Bernice Radle and Jason Wilson bought a skinny clapboard, its neighbor and a house behind for $66,000.

Bernice Radle and Jason Wilson bought a skinny clapboard, its neighbor and a house behind for $66,000.

I am LOVING today’s NY Times article about microdevelopers who are preserving neighborhoods in Buffalo, N.Y. They’re buying up cheap properties, rehabbing them (as a community, in some instances) and turning them into rental properties. This is my dream! Granted, the two people my age who they profile in the story were urban planning majors, and thus probably actually have some skills when it comes to rehabbing (and maybe made some money so they had something to start with—damn you, journalism degree!), but still, it’s a romantic notion, at least to me. What? You don’t think it would be awesome to spend your weekends in a mushroom-invested clapboard? (Read the story, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

(Image: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

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