When we look at Southern Arizona we see many families struggling. The metro area is the sixth-poorest in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. One in three children here are in poverty. Before the Great Recession hit, it was one in five.
Could the controversial appraisal system imposed nationwide by
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last May — and now tied
to lowball property valuations, busted home-sale transactions, and
higher fees to consumers — be on its way out?
Editor's note: Ten years and $2.5 billion in research have found
no cures from alternative medicine. Yet these mostly unproven
treatments are now mainstream and used by more than a third of all
Americans. This is one in an occasional series examining their use
and potential risks.
Margo and Larry Newhouse knew the "mangy" lawn had to go, as
well as the rest of the water-sucking landscape at their midtown
home. So what did they put in instead? Well, for part of the
landscape, they put in grass.