I was greatly heartened by this piece on NPR this morning. The essence is that the housing downturn is having a unequal effect on housing prices. In the nation's major urban centers, houses close to jobs and mass transit are more-or-less holding their value. Housing prices if far-flung burbclaves are crashing. It seems as though American's are finally figuring out that sitting 4 hours a day in a car while spending $3.50 per gallon for the privilege is no way to run a life. The cynic in me believes the latter reason was more persuasive than the former, but I'll take what I can get.
In our neck of the woods, Weld County's MUD (Mixed Unit Development), hopefully meet a similar fate. This is a bunch of houses out on the prairie with no nearby jobs whatsoever unless you're a farmer, but plowing a cul de sac is pretty rough going. Call it what you want it is the living embodiment of sprawl. Fortunately it was just getting started and high gas prices might just nip it in the bud.
So if Americans abandon urban sprawl as a birthright, what's next? Will former SUV devotees start advocating for better mass transit? I dare to dream.