Wildflower is back, and a lot of people are worried, especially here in the northern part of the county. From the time the first developer spoke to a crowd of over 200 at Cowee School and said, “You people will need to upgrade your community for my clientele,” and “You people (How could the man think that was an acceptable way to address the people whose community he was moving into?) are going to need affordable housing ...” the thing has not set well on our minds. Then came the flood of sediment into streams, trout ponds and the river as the steep roads were gouged out. People were buying lots sight unseen on the internet, because real estate was hot and was only going to get hotter.
Then came the crash—with foreclosures, lawsuits, damage to our local financial institutions—and to the reputation of Macon County.