By Matthew Power. In Mountain View, Alaska, locals have some clearly defined problems with the half dozen or so Habitat for Humanity homes now being built there each year. As one woman told the Anchorage Daily News, "They look like 1950s tract homes, and they're all alike, like a cookie cutter. They're just ugly."

Of course, the underlying concern is that the town won't be able to "upgrade" the neighborhood as planned. Local Habitat officers have made some concessions--planting lawns in muddy yards, for example, but they're balking at requests that they add garages or carports because they reduce affordability.