The Land Grab: Cowboy developers are running roughshod over Temple’s neighbors. Is there a sheriff in town?

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In a city that’s seen development slow down in the recession, the rush to build around Temple is so frenetic that new structures pop up almost overnight.

Whole blocks have become construction zones of sometimes-profound sloppiness and even illegality: Rumors abound that some of the properties under construction were stolen, that contractors are paying off city garbage trucks to take their waste, that permits have been fudged. Meanwhile, adding insult to injury, signs hang off the buildings proclaiming their primary (and, indeed, probably exclusive) target: “Student Rentals!,” “Affordable Student Housing!”

The whole neighborhood has become the backdrop of a kind of whodunit — one nobody is pausing to solve.

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