Every time I walk in the fourplex community behind where I work, more land is razed for more (not) affordable housing. I say (not), because these units are both shoddily built AND overpriced for the area's median income. *sigh*
It's true. The town where I work, across the bay, will one day be the bigger town - they will tear down every tree to do it. I think I would rather stay quaint, myself. Big box stores and little boxes full of ticky tacky that all look just the same have never been my aesthetic.