26 Aug '11, 11am

The curse of the exurbs: via @grist

The curse of the exurbs: via @grist

Yorkville: a quiet rural community until the McMansions sprouted. Photo: Liza P There's nothing more depressing than having to stay in a hotel surrounded by acres of parking lots, arterial roads, and freeways -- unless you're caught in the permanent-housing equivalent of an airport hotel: the exurb. Sprung from its predecessor the suburb, these even farther-off 'burbs lie scores of miles away from big cities and are often filled with houses and little else. They boomed during the housing bubble, but took a terrific tumble in the crash. They were based on three simple but ultimately flawed premises: housing prices will continue to rise, metro areas will continue to expand, and gas prices will continue to stay low. Oops. Perhaps nowhere is this blight more evident than in the seat of Illinois' Kendall County: Yorkville, situated 50 miles from Chicago's Loop. Kendall County l...

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