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Lancaster Late 2007-What The Government Won't Tell Posted On: 11/17/2007 6:16:59 PM
Were I looking for a home, I wouldn't pick one in Lancaster. Here's why:
Drive in one of the many newly constructed subdivisions and you will see large, homes, many well kept, with clean, late model cars parked in the driveway. Then right next door, you will see a dead yard, living room furniture in the front yard, cheap sheets over the windows--ah, a Section 8 house, a government subsidized good-neighborhood-wrecking-ball home. The inhabitants are people who can't afford to live in a new home without taxpayer assistance, but thanks to the government, they can move in and cause havoc in the neighborhood. The crime rate has increased along with the influx of these low income, poorly educated people. If you move to your new Lancaster home, be prepared to deal with the anguish and depression brought on by your Section 8 neighbor.
New home prices start in the mid-200's. New developments have gobbled up desert on the east and west sides of Lancaster. Big box stores are established-Wal Mart, Target, Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco. Many people commute
to the Los Angeles area for jobs.
Highway 14, the main road to Los Angeles, is jammed with cars Monday through
Friday. The morning commute begins around 4:30 A.M. and continues for 2-3 hours. Peak traffic in the afternoon begins around 3 P.M. Travel time from the Antelope Valley to the L.A. area ranges from 1.5 hours to three hours.
The Lancaster-Palmdale Sheriff's stations are amongst the busiest in Los
Angeles County. Lots of criminals, many from Los Angeles, keep the deputies
Expect summer time temperatures to climb as high as 110 degrees and winter
temperatures to drop as low as nine degrees. Windstorms occur throughout the
year, but are strongest in the Spring when gusts whip up the desert at 60-70
miles per hour. Fall days are mild and clear.
Lancaster once was a place where nice, hard working, law abiding people lived
in clean, well kept neighborhoods. This desert city is no longer that.