Reality Thins Out An Urban Vision

And here we go… In Fairfax County’s official vision for Tysons Corner, thousands of people live clustered around the Metro stops planned there — riding the train or walking to work, leaving their cars at home and injecting new life into the austere glass and concrete hub. But in the reality of developers’ blueprints, a…

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A better place

Like a car wreck, I’m fascinated by this house.  Its one of two show houses at the National Builders Show in Orlando this week.  The other is a 7,700 foot monstrosity that many would call a McMansion.  The small house was built by the New Urbanist design firm Duany Plater-Zyberk. It’s not the answer to…

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And just why do you need all that space?

Sunday’s Washington Post has a great story about how people who buy the new McMansions have neither the time or money to furnish them, nor the inclination to use all their space.  Says one McMansion builder:

They figured that their house, which is still under construction, would
represent the high end of what people wanted — until a client recently
requested a 23,000-square-foot rambler, a size approaching that of the
Taj Mahal, which is about 35,000 square feet.

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