New Ideas for Old Ways?
From the Washington Post:
History hints that this downturn could change our tastes. Homes built in the 1940s and ’50s, for example, were usually smaller and simpler than large, frilly Victorians that had been in style before the Great Depression and World War II. …
Virginia McAlester: “We are going to have far more small houses and attached houses,” she predicted. The cost of building the roads, sewers and utility lines to serve compact neighborhoods is lower. And soundproofing will become more important to buyers when they’re living closer to their neighbors — and possibly closer to retail and commercial properties. …”
If owners find them unsustainable, some large suburban houses might get turned into multi-family homes, just as many of the large homes of the late 1880s and early 1900s were converted into duplexes once lifestyles grew more spare.
We at the SFU City Program are wondering what kind of courses and lectures are needed today when we want to transform the McMansion and the dead-worm suburb. In other words: what do we do with what we’ve already got?
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