One side effect that I think is happening is the changing of neighborhoods. We live in what was once a middle class neighborhood. I’m afraid that has turned into more of an upper lower class neighborhood now, and mayby moving lower. I believe this is a product of the economy, more families are moving in together to have a nice place to live. However, the side effect is a degradation of the neighborhood. Yards that used to be grass and trees have been paved over for parking. The house on the corner that used to be the showcase now has a dead tree in a patch of dead grass. The yard next to it that used to have a beautiful stand of roses is now wall to wall parking.
It’s hard to be upset at the people who are doing this, because they are trying to make ends meet. Having multiple families or extended families live together is one way of doing it. The houses in the neighborhood are large, around 2,000 to 3,000 s.f., so the space is there. But there is also another problem: our probperty values are going down as the environment goes down.
Of course, we have the speculators moving back in as well. This is also part of the downward spiral: more rental properties than owner/resident properties. But that is also a product of the capitalistic society we live in – invest your money in something that yields a good return.
Where this ends up is anybody’s guess. I don’t see a real happy ending to this, but we don’t have a lot of choice in the matter. Unless I get fabulously wealthy or somebody buys one of my stories for a movie, I don’t see us moving.
I guess the only solution is to get everybody to buy my book for Christmas presents, and to snap up the next one when it comes out. 8^)