Originally Posted by brewmenn
I understand what your saying and agree somewhat, but I think sometime soon there will be a reversal in this. Increases in energy prices will have people looking to downsize and get closer to city centers again and when they do they'll find lots of cheap vacant land there to build on.
I hope so, and I'd say it has a decent shot in the next 50 years. First, I think we need to reinstitute public transportation to generate interest in nodes of density. Too bad we destroyed all of the existing, efficient public transportation 60 years ago.
There will always be people who don't mind living in tight living quarters in the city within walking distance to entertainment, and there will always be people who don't mind a 30 minute drive as long as they have a big backyard.