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Downsize Me

If there's good news to be gleaned from this recession and housing crisis, it's that America apparently now has a shrinking appetite for McMansions. Whether it's due to growing environmental awareness, the loss of cheap credit or just a simple return to common sense, we're excited to hear that this year builders are marketing a new ideal of around 1,700 square feet compared to the average 2,500 square feet that was all the rage during the bubble. [Streetsblog]