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America's Fastest-Growing City (No, Not Vegas)

? Reaching Out to Katrina's Victims |


| Is Florida housing a bubble? One economist says no... ?

September 07, 2005

America's Fastest-Growing City (No, Not Vegas)

Peter Coy

The title of America's fastest-growing city goes to sleepy Baton Rouge, 75 miles upriver from New Orleans (which, sadly, is America's fastest-shrinking city).

In our real estate-obsessed culture, it took about a nanosecond from people's thoughts to shift from Katrina's victims to the real estate angle. The Wall Street Journal reported today on the plight of Judah Hertz, a Santa Monica developer who had the bad timing to buy two downtown New Orleans office towers in the past few months, making him the city's largest owner of high-quality office buildings.

But getting back to Baton Rouge ... the Los Angeles Times is carrying a story today about the craziness of the sleepy city's real estate market. The first anecdote is about a professor who balked at paying $1,000 a month for a teeny 700-square-foot home with broken windows. Now, after no luck finding something better, he says he'd sign in a minute if he could still find the person who made the offer.

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Very informative article. Just what I needed for my research.

Bill Edwards

Posted by: Bill Edwards at July 23, 2006 06:03 PM

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