June 1, 2006

It can’t happen here. Americans leaving their lifelong homes

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From the “why do you think I call it Georgiafornia” file, a story about how Orange, California from the Orange County Register.

Changes in Orange bring exodus
Longtime neighbors in Orange, wearied by crowding and new cultures, decide to leave.

The Orange County Register

“I’m moving to an American neighborhood.” Former resident of Orange.

ORANGE – The Hills left East Vine Avenue two weeks ago. The Wigginses plan to leave in a month or so. And just last week, the Hansons put up a for-sale sign.

In a few months, most of Carol Fulton’s longtime neighbors will be gone. And in a flash, summer barbecues, Fourth of July parades and baseball games at the East Vine cul-de-sac will become distant memories.

Fulton sits on her front porch, pensive and surveying the neighborhood. It has changed drastically, she says.

The familiar smells and sounds of backyard barbecues are replaced by mariachi music and the honking horn of a shaved-ice cart. Fulton sees unfamiliar cars and people streaming onto the street.

Overcrowding caused by boarding homes – more than two leases on the same property – is an issue that city officials and residents have grappled with for years.

“This used to be a fun neighborhood,” says Fulton, 56. “Kids stayed outside until 10 or 11 p.m. I figured we’d live here until we died