May 20, 2013
The uncanny eye candy of abandoned subdivisions plays a leading role in ruin porn portfolios—and coincidentally, serves as the setting of cult TV series Arrested Development, whose revival is receiving the special Architizer treatment this week.
But the architectural carcasses of pre-recession residential aspirations are more than an ironic TV set. After the property bubble burst in 2008, developers found their half-built schemes worth a fraction of their projected worth—and quite a few jumped ship altogether. We’ve compiled eight sordid stories of arrested real estate developments that remain trapped between the American dream and maligned, McMansion-strewn suburban blight.