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Are Millennial ‘Stealth Dorms’ Ruining Texas Cities?

It depends on who you ask, and land-use zoning laws make strange bedfellows.
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One day, people are living their best lives in Fort Worth. They’re building up equity, enjoying their homes and neighborhood, and waiting for Tony Romo to come back to take the ‘Boys to the top of the NFC East. But the next day, their whole world is upside down. All of a sudden, the character of the neighborhood starts to change. There’s no place to park. There’s garbage in the garbage cans. And a new voice fills the air, a fell whisper: “What are those?”

There is a darkness moving over Texas, a creeping dread passing over its most comfortable neighborhoods: the stealth dorm. This shadow represents a threat to the families that call college towns like Austin home. The stealth dorm—say it like this, stealth dorm—is a barrow of Millennials looking to save money by living together as roommates. The horror.