Sun Herald says housing market stagnet, I say not – it's heading south as fast as it can go

South Mississippi’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina has stalled. And no sector of our economy is more stagnant than the housing market.

No mention in the Sun Herald editorial of the repos that were the hot topic during my recent visit, or the birdhouses, vacant lots, and the stock of Katrina-was-yesterday homes. You can read their editorial – and my points in these pictures. You just have to “read around” to get the logic as the last photo caused a shift that I’ll have to correct later.

The "far between" the newly built condos and the next structure on the beach
The "far between" the newly built condos and the next structure on the beach
Newly constructed condos on the beach are attractive, elevated, and few and far between.
Newly constructed condos on the beach are attractive, elevated, and few and far between.
Vacant lots are everywhere, not just along the beach, and the feeling you get from driveway after driveway with no home attached is hard to explain.
Vacant lots are everywhere, not just along the beach, and the feeling you get from driveway after driveway with no home attached is hard to explain.
One of the birdhouse - the new "look" with FEMA elevation - although some are so high in the air they are achored by flamingo legs.
One of the birdhouse - the new "look" with FEMA elevation - although some are so high in the air they are achored by flamingo legs.
The "next structure" to the condos is much like it was after the storm - and likely to become another vacant lot like those between here and the condos.
The "next structure" to the condos is much like it was after the storm - and likely to become another vacant lot like those between here and the condos.
What's even sadder are all the lots that need to be vacant and aren't. These "katrina-was-yesterday" looking homes are "one here and there" all over the Coast.
What's even sadder are all the lots that need to be vacant and aren't. These "katrina-was-yesterday" looking homes are "one here and there" all over the Coast.

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