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In Florida, unfinished neighborhoods linger

Living in Marcia Davis' new community, The Preserve in South Miami-Dade, can be lonely.

Behind her home lies a big empty lot.

The developer, Vitran, has slowed down construction on the second phase.

''It's very quiet, extremely quiet,'' Davis said.

What new neighbors she has, she added, appear to be many renters.

She moved in when the construction industry slowed down.

Then the bottom fell out.

It's made Davis and other homeowners in unfinished communities yet another type of casualty of the construction industry meltdown in South Florida. They're still waiting for neighbors and promised amenities, such as pools and clubhouses.

They join a long list of others suffering from the prolonged housing bust -- from homeowners with foreclosures to laid-off construction workers.

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