There is much to be learned about living simply when spending time in such a small space with so many people packed into it. I sat and counted apartment units on one city block and estimated 3 people per apartment and figure there are more people in one block here than in a square mile in Reno. Very scientific, right? I do things with numbers all the time, I like it. And mixed into that same space is a drugstore, Thai restaurant, pizza restaurant, chiropractor, motel, etc. All the peripheral items needed by homeowners are missing from this section of the economy. They don't all have their own full complement of woodworking tools, lawnmowers, weed whackers, ladders, garage shelving units filled with motor oil purchased on sale and boxes of outdoor Christmas decorations. They also don't have a space to dig a pit to roast a turkey, a chicken coop with hens and fresh eggs, a couple hundred trees. Those things I really enjoy having, I just don't know how to do it without filling a three car garage full of stuff. I've read of neighborhoods where homeowners have set up cooperatives and they share all those things that we need occasionally. I think that is the wave of the future personally, all needs met on a local, even neighborhood level from power generation to shopping and office space. Local is beautiful.
IOU five more, totaling 15 now.