Only one house on the block that had been built before the cookie-cutter development came in was still standing, one house whose owners had refused to sell to the company. They sold it to a couple ten years later. But they had allowed it to rot into disrepair until it was condemned. In a way, it was the couple’s final fuck-you to the neighbors they despised. They could no longer piss them off with drunken fights, but after they’d divorced and were still fighting over who got the house, they could bring down the surrounding property values with their ruins.