Hello, maybe this could be placed into the Housing forum, but I don't want to find a flat or house rental anywhere, I just want to ask something. I'm curious about this: In the "New World" countries with anglo-saxon culture (USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, South Africa...) almost everyone lives in his own small family house, not in "normal" many floor buildings like in the most of Europe. While this looks like extreme wasting (land occupation, cost of infrastructure, need for a car...) and also the satellite pictures of American cities suburbs look like an Earth cancer, I want to know, WHY ALL AMERICANS\AUSTRALIANS and so WANT TO LIVE IN THESE HOUSES AND NOT IN NORMAL ONES? I think living in a flat somewhere must be much cheaper and also you don't have to travel so long to work/school. It must be depressive to drive in a land made only from hundreds or thousands small serial-made houses. Is it just because anglo-saxons are snobbish and must OWN something (a house, a big SUV car with as high as possible fuel consumption) and show it to all their neighbours who also compete to have the biggest basin near their house and biggest car, or there are restrictions on other types of houses? If I wanted to build (with other people) a many floor building (like blockhouse or so) in USA/Canada/Australia and live there together with other families, would it be possible in or is it simply BANNED to build something bigger than one-floor standard "american dream" house? I'm asking about this because it looks that there aren't any normal living houses in America (except New York and in smaller scale Boston and Delaware). I care about ecology and it makes me really angry when people in countries which are all the time against Kyoto Protocol are doing this. It's against the logic, you could save a lot of money, have better infrastructure (public transport for example). Could someone write me on the forum something about this?