There once was an asshole named Bunky Morgan, a Chatham County Commissioner who led the charge on rampant development that rewarded nobody save a handful of wealthy land speculators. Today the results of Morgan's gluttonous greed resemble a road trip from hell.
Five years later, the land remains untouched or worse: Forests were cleared to accommodate homes that never materialized. In some developments, only a dozen empty houses are parked on a rural outpost where the sidewalks abruptly end. At other subdivisions perched near Jordan Lake or the Haw River, runoff from the construction site has polluted the water.
For free-market extremists like Francis Roche and his anti-planning, anti-government friends in the Puppetshow, this is exactly how things are supposed to work. Kudos to the Independent Weekly and Rebekah Cowell for some excellent reporting.