26 Apr '11, 2pm

Desperate sprawl developer gives away cars with houses

Desperate sprawl developer gives away cars with houses

Paying the price of car dependence. Photo: Eric Steuer My head nearly exploded at the breakfast table on Saturday morning. I was reading a piece in The New York Times about an Illinois developer who has finally found a way to unload the new houses he has built some 50 miles from downtown Chicago, in a place he has seen fit to dub a "Village of Yesteryear." When drastic price cuts weren't enough to entice buyers, he decided to throw in $17,000 cash toward the purchase of a car with every house. (That money can only be spent at the local General Motors dealer, of course -- because, let's go U.S.A.! ) So this is what it has come to. Developers are now giving away vehicles to entice people to live in distant suburbs with life-draining commutes just when gas is hitting $5 a gallon . And a few consumers are biting -- one is quoted as saying, "My money was in the bank, collecting...

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