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 over a ten 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 that 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.
Posted: 5/20/2012 8:14:08 PM by
Heather Wallace | with 0 comments