May 14, 2007
Three to a house?
While the middle-class-oriented media howls over the housing "slump," the flattening of prices might help one contentious problem -- the crowding of many families, usually immigrants, into a single suburban house in affluent areas. The Washington Post published this week a thoughtful story on the political issue in Fairfax County, Virginia, outside Washington, which is one of America's biggest counties, with more than a million residents, and one of its most expensive. With most land zoned for single-family residences only, the only choice for many immigrant families is to join together in a single house. The Post points out that this phenomenon annoys neighbors not only because of racism, but because driveways and roads did not anticipate such living arrangements.
The Land Use Prof Blog will return on May 22, 2007.