In a land far, far away, there exists a beautiful landscape. Nestled in the woods, prairies, savannas are the exurbian McMansions of the boom and bust 90’s and early 2000’s. These gigantic imposing monstrosities were once all the rage of a car-culture but now find themselves encased in the middle of the housing bubble like a tiny village in a snow-globe with no escape.
When the real estate boom started to unfurl, many people wanted to get more house and land for lower and cheaper prices. The low gas prices enabled people to commute from farther and farther away rendering these egregious structures more appealing to those who could afford it.
Nowadays, these afar domiciles have been decimated by the recession. Their inflated home values bursted, many former exurbian residents are moving back to the city. Chicago saw a 51.3% growth of the region in 2010 after the last census (Snyder). Houston, New York, and Washington D.C. gained more than 100K residents each (Snyder). Sprawl may just finally be contracting like Mt. St. Helens did after she blew her top.
Snyder, Tanya. “Streetsblog Capitol Hill.” Census Breaks the News We Already Knew: The Exurbs Are History. N.p., 9 Apr. 2012. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.