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I have often wondered how the suburban tract home became ubiquitous.  A sprinkle of government programs here.  A dash of the desire for conformity there.  In the end, it would seem many families desire what smart growth principles are supposed to deliver:  a neighborhood that is attractive and affordable, that has a range of housing opportunities and choices, that is compact and walkable.  The classic brick row house would be one of the elements to utilize in smart growth neighborhoods.

Chicago row house 2