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Living off the grid (access required)

This off-the-grid house at 138 Kiser Street in Bessemer City features a metal roof and stone facade. A conversion system will allow the owner to store power from electric cars. Photo courtesy of Mike Stricklin

Joe Bowling attributes his longtime affinity to a self-sustaining lifestyle to his mother’s Depression-era childhood and her subsequent belief in the motto “waste not, want not.” The 49-year-old Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic even started a company 10 years ...

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Developed lots still in short supply (access required)

The abandoned Brookline subdivision near Northlake Mall, seen here in the developed but only partly built out Phase 1, might soon be revived with the construction of a 492-unit apartment complex on the vacant, undeveloped land that was to be used for later phases. Photo by Nell Redmond

A deficit in developed lots continues to restrict the construction of mid-range homes and rising development costs preclude the construction of entry-level homes, according to a first-quarter 2016 report by Metrostudy. “The fundamentals for a strong housing market – employment ...

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