Well the Extreme Home makeover folks are in Indy and I'm not really excited. I guess the only fortunate part of it is that they are tearing down a house that historically has no value. That's a good thing. The bad thing is that the house will be worthless in the neighborhood they are building it in and they will "saddle' the family with a home that they will never get any "real Money" out of should they need to ever sell. A property tax bill of 3-4000.00 or more a year not to mention the fact that the neighborhood is a war zone and homeowners insurance will cost them a mint if they can even afford it. Also do not forget the IRS tax to pay on all of this .
For what will be spent building the house, the man hours involved, and for those of you who care about such things, "the carbon footprint" of this project. (You should see the Rows of luxury RV's that the staff and crew have parked near the site), Extreme Home Makeover could have gone to the burbs bought 20-30 foreclosures in a great, low crime, neighborhood and relocated the entire neighborhood that is frankly one of the few parts of town most people will drive out of their way to avoid.
For all their "Good Intentions" it is amazing how many recipients of this " good will" have had to file bankruptcy do the upkeep and maintenance costs.
I know this isn't a populist viewpoint, but I have to think there is a better way of helping people other than parading them on TV so the viewers can "feel good". Interestng that they dont followup on what REALLY happens to teh recipients of this generousity.
An article about the "downside" of "Winning" a makeover: