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'Scrapes' Bring Bigger Homes to Neighborhoods

Posted September 14, 2007

— A new report takes a closer look at the replacement of older Raleigh homes with large new ones.

The study, done for the city, determined that in the past five years, 588 single-family homes have been torn down to make way for larger houses.

Of those new homes, about 48 percent were more than 4,000 square feet.

The city says it is hiring a new planner to look at the trend. The city will gather more data after that.

The practice of taking down urban residences to get open lots for larger homes is known in the develoment business as "scraping." It begins to happen in cities once the price of land gets high enough to justify the demolition costs.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 15, 2007

    The city should stay out of this and ignore the NIMBY's.

    Let the free market control what gets built. Better than one person like Wooten trying to force her opinions on everybody else.

  • oldrebel Sep 15, 2007

    I thought this story had somethig to do with deer hunting.

  • IfByWhiskey-a-go-go Sep 15, 2007

    This is a case where one property owners rights do not trump another's. I believe as strongly in individual property rights as you will find, but a line has to be drawn somewhere. Somehow find a balance between individual rights, and neighborhood character. You should not be forced to move if you have been in a home for 30 years and all of a sudden you cannot afford your modest home anymore. That's just wrong.
    I can hear some of you now. "It's my property, I'll do what I want with it." Well I tell you what, that's selfish and arrogant. Just because you can, does not mean you should.
    I love those older neighborhoods. They have a character and charm that those new 'mansionhoods' do not have. Save the old ones.

  • hvygee Sep 15, 2007

    I am having trouble with the word "Scrapes" used in the title ... scrape is a verb, so is scrapes ... how can scrapes be the subject of the sentence ... wouldn't "Scraping" Brings Bigger Homes to Neighborhoods make more sense? ... all you English majors chime in !!!!

  • NC to GA Sep 15, 2007


    A lot of people complain that the McMansions are not in character with the neighborhood, drastically changing things. Remember, it's not one house, but many. In some cases, almost half. Also, you cannot ignore the tax influence.

    Suddenly the tax rate for entire neighborhoods is changing, thus forcing some other residents to be forced to sell because they can't keep up.

    You might not want more government (most people don't) but I'm pretty sure, loving Raleigh like I do, that you guys want to reign this in sooner, rather than later.

  • NC to GA Sep 15, 2007

    Here in Atlanta they call them McMansions.

    In my opinion, it's not 'always' a problem and yes, it's a free country, BUT... the problem is this: People aren't just selling their houses and new owners building bigger ones. Developer's go out and scour entire neighborhoods, buying as many houses as people will sell, then raze the old house and build a giant one right next to what now looks like a tiny one-bedroom box.

    I live in a very nice neighborhood just outside of Buckhead and one road I drive through (seriously) has every other house boarded up waiting to be demolished. The people who have very nice, respectable, beautiful and modest homes that chose not to sell now have either a giant house consuming MOST of the lot next to them, or they have a mini-forest growing on the unkept lot with a boarded up house that used to be their neighbor.


  • tritech Sep 15, 2007

    'With automatic lawns plopped down in two days' time. Get real.

    Whats wrong with sod?

  • Chuck U Farley Sep 14, 2007

    Everyone always demands downtown revitalization and then whines when the poor people get forced out. Well, what do you expect?

  • wyheel Sep 14, 2007

    I have a PERFECT neighborhood, ripe for scraping.... MINE!
    Would I sell my $150,000 house lot for $400,000, like the ones
    on Anderson Dr are going for?
    HECK YES AND THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fun Sep 14, 2007

    ok, it's economics and location...its a free country, free enterprise...or is it? why a new planner to look at the trend...why more government?