"It turns out that the old complaint against gentrification, that it
drives out minorities, is far too simplistic. Instead, we should be
worrying about a different concern: It hasn’t built the diversity that
Jacobsian urbanists envisioned, and that cities need."
McMansions may not be as popular after the Great Recession of 2008, but Americans still want larger homes. The National Association of Home Builders recently released their nationwide 2011 survey "What Home Buyers Really Want." NAHB surveys new and potential homebuyers preferences for "home type and size, room layout and design, kitchen and baths, windows
and doors, accessibility and outdoor features, electronics and
technology in the home, energy efficiency, choosing a community, and
trade-offs buyers are willing to make."