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Spreading houses out requires more land and generally increases cost. To reduce land costs one must use less and become more dense. As inparadise notes in this thread, some localities are trying to abolish SFH zoning so that at a minimum every lot can have two residences.

Seems given what we have just went through it would make perfect sense to spread out more. Hey perhaps I'm making too much sense here and the next virus can really do some damage to prove the point.

If there is a enough livable land for everyone now we should be able to spread out and have an affordable place to live that can be paid for in full with reasonable savings. We do not need Housing as a Service HAAS, making fun of Software as a Service where you rent it forever.

So what is the solution - China's one child policy? Let Covid and other diseases run rampant to shrink the population? A World War to decimate a generation? A Malthusian war over food sources? A Hunger Games dystopia?

If population is a problem now, and it might be I'm not sure then one of the above sure. I do see a point where we cannot keep growing exponentially population wise. Are we there now, passed that point, have more time yet? Not sure.

It took 123 years to hit 1 billion people, after that the next billion took 33 years, then 14 yeas and has been pretty stable around mid teen years to grow to the next billion. I don't think that is sustainable.
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