Says that self driving cars will put an end to car ownership.
It could put a dent in it but unless this makes people so broke that they can't own their own car I think personal space will still win out.
I refer to you (as I've done many times in other threads) to Tokyo. You can party, go to work and take your kids anywhere in the whole Kanto region without a car.
That only works in very high-density areas. Those of us who don't live in battery-hen conditions won't be getting good access to public transport anytime soon. You may enjoy living in such a manner that four or five of the six sides that make up your home are shared with someone else. I do not.
The fact that you call it a 'battery-hen condition" shows you have never been in Tokyo... so it is hard to say how objective your description is. And even when you step out of Tokyo, say, go Chiba, you find sizeable homes... and yet, you still have access to excellent public transportation. You barely need a car.
I don't live in Tokyo currently, but I've stayed in Shinawaga (beautiful condos with lots of greenery) and in Yokohama where my in-laws live. Their 2-story house is not large, as it lacks a large patio, but it is very comfortable, not to mention the adjacent amenities, green areas and what not that come with a well-run alpha city.
The fact that large cities in the US do not have good public transportation is simply lack of planning. There is nothing inherently in urban sprawl or large homes that preclude us from having it.
I won't be moving to a high-density area anytime soon as I'm used to my 700sqm house on 4000sqm land with a 80000l pool in the yard.
Which is OK, but that doesn't preclude us from having good transportation. My house is 167 sqm (I wouldn't live in anything over 371 sqm, the cleaning just gets a part-time job) with a good enough patio for fruit trees and stuff. It is in a community of houses that size and big, with plenty of green, among similar communities...
... it is situated in a city ranked the 8th best in the country (Weston), 7 miles away from Southwest Ranches - a ranching community where I might buy a 2-acre/8000 sqm property, double of what you have, when my kids get older - all enclosed within the 8th largest metropolitan area in the US (South Florida) with a 300 billion dollar economy rivaling Singapore.
We have a lot of condo canyons mind you, from the claustrophobic to the incredibly spacious (with the only think lacking being a patio). But we have a large, specious homes and ranches.
There is nothing, ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY NOTHING that preclude us in South Florida (or any well-run megapolis) from having good public transportation other than myopic self-interests, politics and lack of urban planning.
When I lived in LA, I did not need a car at all. I lived in Van Nuy and worked in Burbank and traveled to Downtown, Santa Monica and Hawthorne on a regular basis. LOOK MA, NO CAR!
Buses travel every other artery at a 30-min frequency, and houses weren't small (though like in all urban areas, there are more condos than full-sized homes.) Traffic is terrible obviously, but public transportation is absolutely superior to what we have here in South Florida, and more than sufficient for people to exercise job mobility without having to own a car.
and (literally) park-like front garden.
Good for you. Since we are going to compare properties, why not? I have a very nice lake view on my backyard with plenty of fruit trees and some northfolk pines or weeping willows in the near future. Here is a picture from the front going back all the way to the lake on the backyard. I still have some fixes to do. Not a 700sqm home, but certainly not a box.
And you know what's awesome? Within driving distance I can take my family to dinner or brunch or whatever to a view like this:
You probably paid the same as I did, except you got tiny cube in the city.
Assumptions are the mother of all things stupid since I own a large home and not a tiny cube in the city (gasp! that fits in your pigeon hole world view???)
Sure I pay more (probably more than double or triple) than if I had bought a similarly sized home somewhere else.
But what with what I paid it gets me access to a large economy with lots of employers for me and my wife. For my kids, access to one of the best school districts in the nation, 6 universities and 3 community colleges (one being the largest in the nation) within driving distance, space-grant universities three hours away in Orlando and Melbourne. Within driving distance to some awesome beaches, museums, ballet companies, neighbors from all over the world (Greeks, Eastern European, South Asians, Japanese, Chinese, Hispanics, whatever).
I know that some people won't care for any of this, and I respect that. But it is kind of stupid (actually, it is very stupid) to assume either 1) that you have to live in a tuna can to live in a megapolis (or that shit turns into an scene from "Escape from NY" - you haven't done that, but many do), and 2) that bad public transportation is inevitable.
Stop being parochial with your assumptions.
But, hey, at least you don't need to own a car!
As I said, stop being so parochial, making assumptions like that. Enjoy your home, you deserve it, but do yourself (and the world) a favor. Travel, educate yourself if you haven't. Learn to see the pros and cons of life. Who knows, you might actually enjoy it.
Live your life in peace, and stop making parochial assumptions on others (unless there is some deep need that you need to satiate by doing so.)