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Pepping Up The 'Burbs

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With the bottoming out of the housing market and the economic challenges to suburban ideals, author and architecture critic Allison Arieff asks, "Is there anything made in America that’s less innovative than the single-family home?" When roughly 6 million of Chicagoland's 9 million souls qualify as suburbanites, it's is a question worth pondering. Arieff explores how we jam our houses with the latest gizmos and strive for automotive pleasures, but we haven't come close to lifting ourselves out of our home design dregs. Private home architects work for high-end clients. A new paradigm is needed for everyone else. [NY Times Opinionator]