The big squeeze
A colleague of mine recently sent me this picture he snapped on a neighborhood street in suburban Chicago. It speaks volumes about the building practices of the past few decades, and I for one am hoping that this particular scenario is becoming a thing of the past.
It’s been more than 10 years since we all “got religion” reading Sarah Susanka’s book The Not So Big House and started seriously addressing the consequences of large, excessive building practices. With that, the over-extension of mortgage money created a virtual house of cards for not only the building industry but the nation’s economy as a whole. We are now at a crossroads in this country and hopefully seeing not only the “light of day” financially, but a virtual “light of day” that has taught us conservation and thoughtful sustainable building practices may actually get our economy back on its feet.
I think this picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m sparing you my usual diatribe about sustainability, and let you just view this sad little house that was once (and still is) a well designed family home. It’s my wish that homes like this will continue to be a symbol of the American dream.
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