homesIt was a Tweet that had us sitting up and paying attention, as the National Association of Home Builders pointed out last week that although homes got slightly larger from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, sizes are still declining.

Size, you see, matters. NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz explained in a research note that the post-recession increase in home size was expected — homes generally get bigger as the economy emerges from a recession. (more…)

copper pipe theft

Unless their clients want to shell out even more money, home builders can’t secure their work sites 24 hours a day. Criminals know this, and that’s why a combined $15,000 worth of copper pipes were stolen from two University Park construction sites during the weekend of Sept. 6-7. The crimes happened in the 4000 block of Glenwick Lane ($10,000) and the 4000 block of Lovers Lane ($5,000). Here are some tips to stop thieves from stealing your copper pipes.

A few days later, between 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 10, thieves stole $920 worth of hardware and materials from a construction site in the 3400 block of Purdue Street.

Of course, unfinished homes present opportunities for more than just theft. At 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 13, a juvenile was apprehended with less than 2 ounces of marijuana in a vacant house in the 3500 block of Westminster Avenue. Police also confiscated two glass pipes, two glass bongs, and six lighters. That’s a lot of paraphernalia for just one kid; something tells us he has a few buddies who were on a munchies run when the police showed up.

Click through for a roundup of other residential crimes in the Park Cities.