The Terrible Fruits of Indiscriminate Logging:(
Unfortunately, a long history of disasters doesn't seem to factor into some peoples' decision that a certain place is a good place to live. There's a certain myopia inherent to humans regarding such risk.
"When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England."
I saw those 'before - after' pictures too, and it was pretty obvious that the slide area had slud (slidden?) several times before. If any pile of dirt was just itching to slide again, that was it. So take yr pick: Socialist government shoulda banned building houses downhill, or Libertarian gov't shoulda said "tough luck suckers, we ain't gonna dig you out."
OK, more seriously, I wonder how the insurance companies rated that development area.
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