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Tiny Florida city faces big housing shortage

Community split on whether problem should be solved with new homes or the historic ones that are its legacy

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Mr Brown (above) devised the plan to rehabilitate the abandoned cottages. Mr Simmons and his remodelled shotgun home.

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Mr Brown devised the plan to rehabilitate the abandoned cottages. Mr Simmons (above) and his remodelled shotgun home.

Florida

THE tiny city of Apalachicola, Florida, is well known in preservationist circles for its abundance of restored 19th-century buildings, but when it comes to affordable housing, the Gulf Coast community comes up short.

"Twenty-eight per cent of the population in Franklin

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