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Has The Single Family House Outlived Its Time ?

By Feux Follets following x   2018 Apr 25, 10:49pm 278 views   4 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

“A man is not a whole and complete man," Walt Whitman claimed in 1856, "unless he owns a house and the ground it stands on.’’ In a little more than a century, the single-family house helped make America something new in the world: a nation of suburban homeowners.

Cape or ranch, colonial or contemporary, the house — more even than the car, the skyscraper or the Hollywood movie — is the American idol.

But now, demographic, political and meteorological changes are calling the future of the single-family house into question.

Its critics say that the house is too sprawling in a time of climate change, too expensive in a time of economic inequality and just too boring for many city-dwelling Millennials; that more of us should live closer together, in neighborhoods near mass transit, with less need to drive and more chance to interact.

Its defenders say the single-family house is what most people want, if not what professional planners, social reformers and academics — the elites! — want for them. And they say that construction of new houses on empty land at the edge of the metropolis offers working- and middle-class people the best shot at the American dream.

But the image of the house is clouded by Houston’s experience with Harvey; by the need in California and elsewhere to both cut greenhouse gas emissions and build more housing; and by the Millennial generation’s looming decision about where to settle.

•In Houston, famed for its rapid construction of relatively affordable, market-rate single-family houses, the ravages of Hurricane Harvey have raised questions about the wisdom of paving so much of the floodplain and drainage areas.

•In California, where single-family house prices are drifting beyond the reach of the middle class, a proposed law would promote multi-family housing and discourage sprawl, effectively declaring YIMBY — yes in my backyard.

•Across the nation, members of the Millennial generation, the largest in history, face two questions: Do you want a single-family house? And can you afford one?

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Full Article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/25/single-family-house-american-symbol-facing-uncertain-future/514655002/

#Housing #Demographics

1   P N Dr Lo R   ignore (0)   2018 Apr 26, 8:50am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
•In Houston
Feux Follets says
•In California
These problems are place specific, most places aren't Houston or California

Feux Follets says

The Millennial moment
No, they probably won't be able to afford a house if they're loaded with debt after being indoctrinated for four years.
2   Goran_K   ignore (1)   2018 Apr 26, 8:55am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Most millennials do not have the discipline to earn and save for a house.
3   Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 Apr 26, 9:00am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
Has The Single Family House Outlived Its Time ?

Good question. In high priced urban regions, yes, the single family house has outlived it's time. It's time for condos. Eventually, the condos will have outlived it's time too with high rises taking over. What happened in Manhattan will happen in other regions too.
4   FortWayne   ignore (1)   2018 Apr 26, 9:06am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Symbol of freedom.

In CA that is taken away and replaced by landlordism and big government.

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