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Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House

Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House | Transition London Ontario | Scoop.it
It turns out most of us value nearby stores and parks rather than McMansions. Luckily, that's probably where we're headed.

The symbol of American success often involves having the biggest house possible, but our outsized fantasies seem to be shifting. According to a new survey, more than three quarters of us consider having sidewalks and places to take a walk one of our top priorities when deciding where to live. Six in 10 people also said they would sacrifice a bigger house to live in a neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses within an easy walk.

For once, our preferences align with our impending reality; in the future, we may not have a choice whether or not to downsize our lifestyles. The housing bust exposed that the McMansion phenomenon is unsustainable, which has forced us to re-examine our priorities. In another study in 2010, the ideal number of square footage people desired for their houses dropped dramatically. It's becoming increasingly clear that the American dream of buying a big old house will need to be revised for the youngest generation.


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CBC Music - Green Tracks - Reduce, Reuse, Remix!

CBC Music - Green Tracks - Reduce, Reuse, Remix! | Transition London Ontario | Scoop.it

Albertans recycled over two billion beverage containers last year. To celebrate, CBC, in partnership with Alberta’s beverage container recycling industry, bring you Green Tracks, which will see three Alberta bands — the Dudes, Woodpigeon and Reuben and the Dark — compete to create instruments from recycled containers. The winning band will get to donate to the charity of their choice (1st - $5,000, 2nd - $3,000, 3rd - $2,000).


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CleanRiver Recycling Solutions's curator insight, May 12, 2014 10:41 AM

This is a very cool project with super talented artists. Go check it out and vote for your favorite!