By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun, September 8, 2009

Painting by Maureen Gallace

Painting by Maureen Gallace

Forget the “McMansions” of the boom years. These days, small is the new big... For the first time in nearly 14 years, the median size of a new single-family home decreased, to 2,215 square feet last year from 2,277 square feet in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

For many of you reading this blog, the adage ‘small is beautiful’ is no revelation. Still, average home size in America rose 70% between 1970 and 1990. Now that trend appears to be slowly reversing. It’s the economy. It’s the mortgage crisis. But these factors are underwritten by new demand for urban lifestyles, changing demographics, and rising energy prices. It’s a perfect storm that may finally be blowing in the right direction.