Panama City Florida ‘shotgun’ homes defended by designer

PANAMA CITY — The designer for a housing development in Glenwood stands behind her design, although some people see it as reminiscent of “shotgun” houses — a structural style indicative of impoverished families in the Black South.  

“When we build our design … there’s a responsibility of that to offer something that will enhance. And that is absolutely our goal. Our goal is not to do something that people drive by and say ‘these are those homes,’” said Marianne Cusato, partner with Cypress Community Development Corporation. 

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Noting the homes were “over-engineered” by including impact windows and other safety features, Cusato added, “The reality of all of that together is the footprint gets smaller to achieve the other things.”