October 10, 2007

I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet

Yet another housing complex in South Orange County is slipping and sliding.

The OC Register reports that the earth is moving under the Laguna Summit development, and 48 families have had to leave their homes.

It seems the Mediterranean climate and the relative lack of crime and other urban unpleasantness in Orange County has fueled a decades-long housing boom. Unfortunately, the flatter parts of the county are built up, and developers have been leveling hillsides and creating artificial slopes for a long time, not always with care.

The weak and unstable soil types contribute to frequent landslides and other kinds of movement. I can't complain, I suppose, having made some money suing those responsible. When you have one-party government in the pocket of those who build, this sort of thing is inevitable.

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