I don't see how the situation will improve without more compact, denser housing either. Here in Portland, our formerly middle class neighborhood is being infilled with large, circa $1M homes, which are typically occupied by an average of 2.x people. We specifically bought our 1200 ft^2 home because we didn't want to have to take care of a big place full of stuff. I get concerned about the related social housing trends, too. For example, I bought our house in '11 from a retired firefighter's widow, whose (employed) son had kept the place buffed, but couldn't afford to take on the mortgage. So the social rarification process started with me 'swooping' in to buy the place when they had to put it on the market. And now the nice house across the street (next to the house where our neighborhood trash/recycling guy lives) has become a teardown to be replaced by a home that most people on our block couldn't afford.