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The McMansion next door

May 01, 2005

"It's encouraging to see reinvestment. But money shouldn't be the only consideration," said Theresa O'Donnell, the city's director of development. "There's an intrinsic value to neighborhood stability that cannot be measured."

By EMILY RAMSHAW
Dallas Morning News
Sunday, May 1, 2005

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To many homeowners, they're "teardowns" – monstrous, shadow-casting mansions that dwarf their neighbors, eliminate charm and character, and pave over trees and lawns.

To builders, they're "recycled homes" – market-driven products that raise property values, bolster the city's tax base and replace neglected, deteriorating houses. And the more than 1,500 such dwellings that have cropped up across the city since the late 1990s, many of them in historic areas in North and East Dallas, are responsible for one of the most divisive neighborhood debates in recent memory.

But while the two parties have clashed for years, City Hall is just stepping into the ring – with a controversial new zoning tool that could allow clusters of homeowners to set the standard for new development in their neighborhoods.

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