Seems I was only slightly ahead of my time in my last post. In a New York Times opinion piece on September 8th (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/09/07/redefining-home-in-a-depressed-market/downsizing-and-retrofitting-the-housing-market) the question of the future of housing was taken up by a panel and perhaps more interestingly by a number of commenters. At the core of the piece is the disposition of all these “McMansions” and their debt ridden owners. The comments break down into factions of haves and have-nots with a lot of good thinking coming in from both sides. The abysmal state of the housing “economy” has made it a lightning rod for the discussion of free-market versus government regulation (in many forms.) It’s a good article and an important discussion.