Is America's suburban dream collapsing?

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If you are looking for the 'bubble' to pop, this is why it won't.

New Urbanism is soon to become standard best practice....go Carbon Tax go.

What I want to know is: how come there's been nobody on these boards that's been championing
a less car dependent, centralized society with less highways and byways?

Hate to burst your bubble :), but the bubble is already in the process of popping. <br>

Listings way up. Sales plunging.

There are more and more instances where representatives of SmartGrowth Network ( are asked to sit on development teams or region-scale planning initiatives. I'm sure in the cities mentioned in the article, this is happening. The author could have done more research, however, because Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and Albuquerque are all doing much much more to implement smart growth principles in their long term planning (one of them is our client). Check out SmartGrowth, and also the or if you want more info.

At the end of the day, nine times out of ten, it becomes a political decision, rather than one based on data or social/technical/environmental feasibility. That said, great stuff IS happening, and this article represents a convergence of progressive thinking and last.

There is no such thing as something that is in the "process of popping". By "pop", I meant the 80s revisited - what so many people fear, or are hoping for, if they don't own yet. Currently there is a minor adjustment. But no "popping".... or "plunging" :)

Right ... a minor adjustement. :)
It started the same way in Miami and San Diego in 2006. Listings up, sales down, ppl calling for a "minor" correction. Now they are down ~25% off the peak and still "plunging".

The popping of the bubble (top to bottom) in the 80s took about three years. So something can be in the process of popping... I mean, no one is expecting 50% declines in a month.

In any case we'll wait and see what happens. :)

If it's not popping or plunging I must have misheard the statistic this morning that claimed house sales in the region are down 38% over last year.

The crap is nowhere near the fan yet. When there's another Depression those suburban homes will be plenty attractive for their (albeit) limited ability to actually grow food in the big ol' backyard. Buy 'em now and you too can have your very own sharecroppers in just a couple of decades.