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Tuesday, September 6, 2022: Not-So-Great Southern Homes

Recently, I was introduced to a company I had never heard of before, Great Southern Homes, that operates throughout South Carolina. Touted as the 44th largest homebuilder in the US, it claims to provide quality residences at affordable prices.

As I walked through several of its ongoing projects just outside of Clemson, I marveled at the assembly-line nature of the construction process: some houses were already lived in while others had yet to be framed. Most of the laborers were Mexican. No one seemed concerned by my presence or questioned why I was taking photographs — an indifference I could not have imagined happening up north. Architecturally speaking, there was nothing to write home about.

Whether or not these homes provide good value to their owners, I’m in no position to judge. It’s dismaying however to see these sub-divisions springing up seemingly overnight, denuding the land with cookie-cutter houses stretching as far as the eye can see. Great Southern Homes is hardly the first developer to follow this model, and won’t be the last. Whatever pleasure I may have gotten from my photography is nothing compared to what’s wrong with the larger picture.

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Sunday, September 4, 2020

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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Monday, August 29, 2022

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Saturday, August 27, 2022: En Route

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Monday, June 27, 2022: Springfield Thunderbirds Street Party

Scenes from a street party last Saturday celebrating the appearance of Springfield’s professional minor-league hockey team, the Springfield Thunderbirds, in the Calder Cup finals. At stake was the championship of the American Hockey League, which the home team lost to the great disappointment of fans.

[FULL DISCLOSURE:] Ice hockey is one of my least favorite sports, ranking right up there with bull fighting, boxing, professional wrestling, and hunting. Still, I couldn’t resist the photo possibilities of an event like this. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Sunday, June 19, 2022

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

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