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City sees hope in housing numbers

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It stands out against the flat farmland along Jamaica Avenue, north of 70th Street in Cottage Grove, a house that sits as a reminder of a boom that seems long past.

It's a model home -- the only home -- in The Preserve, an upscale housing development that broke ground in 2006, before the bottom fell out from the nation's housing market and new residential construction ground to a screeching halt.

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