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Opinion

December 21, 2013

Slow housing growth

NORMAN — The last piece of the recession’s end continues to be housing recovery. While many parts of the Oklahoma City metro area are issuing permits for homes at double digit levels, Norman remains at the bottom end of the spectrum.

A report from a local construction monitoring business shows Moore, Mustang and Newcastle with more than 100 percent change in the total number of single family house starts for the 10-month period from the beginning of the year through October from 2012 to 2013.

Moore, recovering from the devastating tornado in May, leads the metro with a 173 percent increase. Norman is fourth from the bottom, tied with Midwest City with a 6 percent growth.

Edmond and North Oklahoma City posted 13 percent growth rate, south Oklahoma City had 18 percent, Blanchard 32 percent and Shawnee 61 percent.

The report shows Norman averaging 37 single family housing permits per month during the 10 month period.

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