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Unformatted text preview: the middle where downtown tries to survive has come to pass because
one by one, businesses and institutions moved to the suburbs. The disinvestment in most cities has now spread far beyond the
urban core, however. Inner suburbs, depending on their age, may now be showing the effects of urban sprawl. The small houses
built on the promise of veterans' financing after World War II are now painfully obsolete, as households and even single people crave large
closets, two-car (or more) garages, and a guest bedroom and bathroom, not to mention offices, exercise rooms, and the like. Due to sprawl, small
houses, obsolete architectural types, and older housing have a hard time competing in the marketplace. Who wants to worry about adding a major
room addition if you can find a brand new house in the far suburbs for about the same price? We're not just being sentimental architects when we
talk about this. The disinvestment pattern has tremendous implications for the finances of the public sector. When d...
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