This blog began as a place for photos of a Decatur, Georgia, neighborhood cannibalizing itself through teardowns and mansionization. The properties pictured in these posts were surveyed in the 2009 Decatur citywide survey of historic resources. They are one of several types of properties: teardowns; mansionized small houses; or, McMansions constructed as infill. In two chronological parts, this blog has posts created between September 2011 and August 2012 during the 11 months I lived in Decatur. The second part of the blog, which begins in September 2012, continues the documentation of teardowns and mansionization in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood.



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  1. Mansionization is bad for a community and for the natural landscape. Communities can do better than that. This is 2012. Let us be brave. The only reason, if any, to expand the footprint of an existing home is to convert that building into multiple units if the community agrees and people are homeless. Single existing homes should never be made bigger. The new enviro-ethics require us to reduce, reuse and recycle and that also goes for whole buildings. Better yet, when a building is condemned for a proper reason it should be removed and not replaced and then that site returned to the natural landscape through a community effort. This is true whether you live in Decatur, GA or Brattleboro, VT USA. Will a neighborhood resist mansionization? We hope so.