Monday, April 13, 2009

Sign of the times

Exurbs are losing their appeal. This passage in particular struck me:

Rising prices for transportation and home heating, the declining number of two-parent households with children and a growing disillusionment with long commutes will prompt more Americans to choose smaller housing within walking distance of shops and mass transit, they say.

In this scenario, some of today's developments intended for aspiring middle-class families could become tomorrow's slums, warehousing those who can't afford to live anywhere else.

My emphasis added. In much of the rest of the world, if I recall correctly, suburbs are usually the slums of major metro areas. I've been wondering how long it would take for that trend to be reflected in the US. Looks like we may well get our chance to find out.

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