OT - Gas to hit 4.00
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Sun Jun 15 21:36:56 MDT 2008
Thus said Dave Smith on Sat, 14 Jun 2008 16:03:35 MDT:
> +1 for Levi. Building big houses on small lots has much more to do
> with developer greed than it does with land constraints.
So, are you arguing that developers out here are greedier than those
back east and which clearly build things the way their customers demand,
while those out here are taking advantage of us?
I'm more inclined to believe that there is a more rational explanation;
like maybe the actual economic fact that water in this area is a much
more scarce resource and so lots are packed in to maximize the
efficiency of water distribution. Back east, everything is green and
you don't even have to water to get it that way.
Could it be that there is some other economic reason for why the homes
are so tighly packed? Oh, maybe the fact that the USD has has lost some
95% (more or less) of its purchasing power since 1913. Maybe nobody can
really afford big lots for their McMansions. It used to be that homes
were build with all brick... I don't see many new homes with bricks
(except a few large homes that clearly are high priced). Maybe this is
simply a reflection of the changes in consumer tastes.
Or, maybe home owners just prefer larger homes and less of a yard to
maintain and are willing to pay a premium for it?
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