Anybody got any good Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) stories yet?
The couple of installations I've been working with are huge changes. Fort Bliss will see an increase of about 20,000 Soldiers. Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland will get about 13,000 civilians primarily from Fort Monmouth in NJ. El Paso is gearing up for the influx, but they don't have a strong culture of urban planning. Apartments downtown are reserved for transplanted easterners and those that can't afford something "better." They are going to sprawl over the desert. Aberdeen and the surrounding communities haven't had this much attention since the railroads took their shipping dollars in the 1800s. They are small hamlets and villages without the resources to direct growth into sustainable patterns. They're going to sprawl too. Especially when those high-tech NJ workers find out how much their $600k houses are going to buy in exurban Maryland.