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IN THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles, California: McMansions are killing L.A.'s urban forest

Los Angeles, California: L.A. council approves limits on McMansions

Los Angeles, California: L.A. lawmakers finalize new measures to curb 'mansionization'

Los Angeles, California: Could the anti-development Measure S tank L.A.'s economy?

Los Angeles, California: L.A. city council votes to limit size of 'McMansions'

Los Angeles, California: L.A. takes a step toward tighter rules to curb mansionization

Los Angeles, California: Lessons from Beverly Grove's successful fight against McMansions

Los Angeles, California: Record $500 million mega-mansion being built in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California: L.A. has a growing mansionization problem

Los Angeles, California: No more ‘McMansions’ in Los Angeles for two years, says council

Los Angeles, California: Attempt to tighten 'McMansion' law spurs outcry

Alamo, California: Contra Costa supervisors reject plan for huge home on Alamo hilltop

Montecito, California: 'She's created an uproar': Gwyneth Paltrow enrages neighbors with plans to demolish $5 million mansion to build 'too big, too tall and incompatible California home'


COLORADO

Aspen, Colorado: New house-size caps for Aspen

Boulder, Colorado: Boulder compatible development rules take effect for houses Monday

Aspen, Colorado: Super-size my house: County's homes twice average size; development rush causes big impact

Boulder, Colorado: As monster homes rise, should Boulder trade size for density?

San Juan County, Colorado: County poised to ban trophy homes


DELAWARE

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: Rehoboth cinches large homes with tightened zoning law


FLORIDA

St. Petersburg, Florida: In fight against McMansions, Snell Isle residents get a victory—for now


HAWAII

Honolulu, Hawaii: Mayor signs bill temporarily banning permits for new 'monster houses'

Honolulu, Hawaii: Kaimuki resident documents 'monster' houses

Honolulu, Hawaii: Honolulu City Council Committee advances "monster homes" bill

Honolulu, Hawaii: Monster homes are gobbling up Oahu neighborhoods—and it's all legal

Honolulu, Hawaii: What's with all the big houses? Some are apartment buildings in disguise

Honolulu, Hawaii: The fix to illegal monster homes? Councilman says tear them down

Oahu, Hawaii: City orders 'monster homes' builder to stop work on 17 projects

Oahu, Hawaii: ‘Monster’ homes continue with total impunity


IDAHO

Boise, Idaho: America's housing crisis is spreading to smaller cities


ILLINOIS

Hinsdale, Illinois: The McMansion's day has come and gone


KANSAS

Prairie Village, Kansas: Prairie Village council sends home construction guidelines to planning commissioners

Prairie Village, Kansas: Prairie Village home teardowns rankle residents

Prairie Village, Kansas: Mayor Laura Wassmer speaks with the Kansas City Star

Prairie Village, Kansas: Big homes, small lots: new rules for tearing down old houses in Prairie Village

Prairie Village, Kansas: Prairie Village is tearing down homes. Is it progress or problem for neighborhoods?

Prairie Village, Kansas: Teardowns have divided Prairie Village. Now residents have a chance to weigh in

Prairie Village, Kansas: Prairie Village residents focus on teardowns, new construction at first of 3 meetings

Prairie Village, Kansas: ‘We don’t want to be Olathe’: Prairie Village planners pass tear-down rules


MARYLAND

Bethesda, Maryland: These neighbors spent $2 million to block a McMansion. Will their bet pay off?

Frederick, Maryland: Neighbors rallying against 'McMansion' on Magnolia Avenue in Frederick


MASSACHUSETTS

Truro, Massachusetts: Truro to consider limits on house size

Truro, Massachusetts: Truro town meeting approves restriction on house sizes in Seashore

Truro, Massachusetts: Cape Cod town rebels against "starter castles"

Truro, Massachusetts: Truro opens a debate on limiting the size of houses

Truro, Massachusetts: Truro planning board votes to limit Seashore house size

Truro, Massachusetts: Mansion demolition order has Truro residents debating: Building rises over site favored by Edward Hopper

Truro, Massachusetts: Truro house size limit designed to prevent ‘viagratecture’

Provincetown, Massachusetts: Provincetown zoning bylaw decision faces SJC appeal

Provincetown, Massachusetts: Considering character

Chilmark, Massachusetts: Chilmark overwhelmingly passes bylaw to limit home size

Belmont, Massachusetts: Neighbors [show] support for permit for home in Kendall Gardens

Edgartown, Massachusetts: Edgartown planning board faces dilemma on size of mansions

Nantucket, Massachusetts: Judge upholds approval of Hither Creek home

Sharon, Massachusetts: As houses get bigger, Sharon may regulate large dwellings

Boston, Massachusetts: Boston’s new luxury towers appear to house few local residents


MINNESOTA

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Tighter limits on new home sizes clear initial hurdle


MISSOURI

Kirkwood, Missouri: Kirkwood home owners battle ‘McMansions’


NEW JERSEY

Madison, New Jersey: Zoning changes for the greater good


NEW YORK

East Hampton, New York: East Hampton Village house size limits adopted

Southampton, New York: Southampton Village proposes new limits on house height

The Hamptons, New York: Hamptons buyers battle over cheaper homes—that is, under $3.3 million

The Hamptons, New York: Rich Hamptons buyers don't want mega-mansions

Sag Harbor, New York: Investors move next door, unsettling a black beachside enclave

Sag Harbor, New York: Historically black beach enclaves are fighting to save their history and identity

Sag Harbor, New York: The battle of Sag Harbor: historic homes, pricey penthouses, and scores of subpoenas

Sag Harbor, New York: New house a 'poster child' for problems cited in Sag Harbor petition

Sag Harbor, New York: Call for Sag Harbor moratorium as neighbors cry foul over reconstruction of Main Street house

The Hamptons, New York: Razing the Hamptons

The Hamptons, New York: Oversized mansions targeted in new laws restricting home size in Hamptons villages

The Hamptons, New York: Hamptons McMansions herald a return of excess

Southampton, New York: Southampton may alter code to limit size of new homes in village

Southampton, New York: Hamptons’ largest home hits the market for $35 million

Sag Harbor, New York: East End effort pops up to counter "not in my backyard" mindset


NORTH CAROLINA

Southern Shores, North Carolina: Southern Shores will look at changes to address mega-houses


OREGON

Portland, Oregon: Density vs. livability: public comments on Portland Infill

Portland, Oregon: Plan aims to block new McMansions in Portland

Portland, Oregon: Portland considers anti-McMansion measures

Portland, Oregon: The Portland Plan: down with McMansions, up with abundant housing options

Portland, Oregon: Goodbye McMansions, hello more density?

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon: Columbia Gorge commission reviewing future of scenic area

Wallowa County, Oregon: Battle brewing over ridge top 'trophy homes'


RHODE ISLAND

Middletown, Rhode Island: Middletown Town Council scraps house height limit proposal

Middletown, Rhode Island: House size limits now up to Middletown council

Middletown, Rhode Island: Proposed change would place limits on size of houses in Middletown

Charlestown, Rhode Island: Planners concerned new rules could McMansion R.I.'s coast

Newport, Rhode Island: Newport house is a pariah, a ‘horror’ to some

Newport, Rhode Island: Newport, a city that loves its mansions, shudders at its newest one


TEXAS

Spring, Texas: In The Woodlands, a four-year renovation has created a 'monster' house, neighbors say


WASHINGTON

Mercer Island, Washington: Mercer Island limits size of single-family homes

Mercer Island, Washington: Mercer Island, land of the luxury home, cracks down on building mansions


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington, D.C.: Here are the floor plans for Jeff Bezos’s $23 million DC home


OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CANADA

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Dilapidated homes, leaky condos, and crumbling mansions: Skilled trades shortage paints a bleak picture in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Steele the show: Breton Crellin vs. the luxury housing market

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Province says they are going to stop the private estating of agricultural lands

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 'There is a problem': Will B.C. try to block mega-mansions on protected farmland?

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Mega-mansions threat to farmland, says critic

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 'We have no alternative': White paper warns lost B.C. farmland could be catastrophic

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: In one of West Vancouver’s nicest neighbourhoods, nobody’s home except dust bunnies and raccoons

Vancouver/Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Metro Vancouver monster home debate springs back to life

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Small-scale farmers drawn into land-use debate in Richmond

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Upcoming legislation will kill Richmond's farm mega-mansions

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Mixed reaction after Richmond approves new home size limits

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: In West Vancouver, ‘monster house’ debate a vicious circle

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond votes to continue to allow so-called 'megahomes' on farmland

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond set to consider more limits on farmland mansions

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond MLAs want city to act on farmland mega-mansions

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Giant monster house under construction in Richmond

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond is growing McMansions instead of crops on “protected” farmland

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Province to limit house sizes on farmland

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Get ready for the North Delta monster house debate

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Amended Delta zoning bylaw moves forward

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Delta solution to farm mansions should be followed, says Steves

Vancouver/Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada: Saanich councillors call to stop monster homes being built on farmland

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: RITE Richmond and Richmond Citizens' Association slates join forces in coalition

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada: House-size limit provokes angry reaction


UNITED KINGDOM

Blackburn, England: Anger over billionaires' 'McMansion' homes plan in Blackburn

Blackburn, England: 'McMansions' anger in Blackburn


AUSTRALIA


Canberra, Australia: The new plan to turn Canberra's McMansions into mini unit complexes


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Further Reading

The conversation is much broader than house size. The related issues of affordable housing, gentrification, and zoning are interlocking puzzle pieces that each community must grapple with.

DISCUSSION ON MANSIONIZATION

McMansionHell.com: a blog about McMansions

CBS News: 10 "McModerns" that are taking over from McMansions

Realtor.com: Bigger isn't better: How a large home could ruin your life

NPR: Behind the ever-expanding American dream house

The Washington Post: An online housing giant picked a fight with a one-woman blog. And lost.

The Wall Street Journal: Living very large

The Atlantic: Will the McMansion ever die?

The Washington Post: The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back

Slate: The literal hell of McMansions: The suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.

NPR: A legal backlash against oversized 'McMansions'

The Atlantic: The next slum?

Archaeology and Material Culture: Spacious vulgarity: The aesthetics and morals of McMansions

The New York Times: McMansions or bash-and-builds, some towns have had enough

PlannersWeb.com: McMansions and the geometry of zoning [planning law primer that discusses some legal tools for regulating house size]

Trulia: The incredible shrinking yard!

Fast Company: The hidden cost of our obsession with luxury living

The Bellingham Herald: Why we love to hate McMansions, but still buy them

CityLab: America’s increasingly large homes are making us less energy efficient

Bloomberg: Smaller households, bigger houses, smaller lots

The New York Times: The next little thing?

GreenBiz: Small is beautiful: U.S. house size, resource use, and the environment

ArchDaily: The case for a smaller house: Talking clients out of the big house they want to build

Law360: McDonald’s aims to block ‘McMansions’ TM


THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

HuffPost: America's housing crisis is spreading to smaller cities

Sonoma Valley Sun: We are the housing crisis

Nestegg: Examine negative gearing, McMansions to address Sydney housing challenge: AECOM

GlobeSt.com: Boomtowns need more affordable housing

Baltimore Brew: Affordable housing advocates launch charter amendment drive

Arizona Daily Sun: Council approves $25 million affordable housing bond for November ballot

Geek Wire: Blokable aims to solve housing affordability crisis with ‘housing development as a service’ model

The Bay State Banner: City shares creative housing ideas with mayors nationwide

DC.gov: Mayor Bowser announces $103 million investment in affordable housing

Curbed Los Angeles: Can L.A. build its way out of its housing crisis?

The Globe and Mail: Dramatic revisions to city’s housing plan sparks controversy in Vancouver

Las Vegas Review-Journal: The tension between affordable housing and environmentalism

New Geography: Housing affordability from Vancouver to Sydney to Toronto: Time to do what works

CB Insights: The future of housing: From home building to city planning, tech giants & startups are reimagining where & how we live

WSAV3: What are we going to do about Beaufort County's affordable housing crisis?

The Daily Courier: Yavapai County renters make less than needed to pay for housing

NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune: New Orleans' affordable housing problem is bigger than Airbnb

HuffPost: America’s housing crisis is a ticking time bomb

MarketWatch: The housing we want for America is still out of reach

The Mercury News: Study: lack of housing means more traffic, not less

CBS News: For cities with a housing shortage, a modest—and cheap—remedy

KATU: City leaders, advocates kick off campaign to support affordable housing

SPUR: What we talk about when we talk about affordable housing: A primer

The Orange County Register: Rising costs threaten millions with ‘housing instability,’ Harvard report says

The Conversation: Overcrowded housing looms as a challenge for our cities

KRCR News: City of Redding taking action on more affordable housing

The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press: As East End faces an affordable housing shortage, there's a call for YIMBY

The Hill: Getting serious about housing affordability

CBS Denver: Telluride puts affordable housing tax issue before voters

LIVING SUSTAINABLY

Vogue: Three writers on living sustainably in 2018

IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HOUSE SIZE:
PRESERVING A SENSE OF PLACE

Sag Harbor, New York: East End effort pops up to counter "not in my backyard" mindset

Bar Harbor, Maine: Cruise ships have made Bar Harbor popular. But have they ruined It?

Beacon, New York: Development in Beacon: What next?

Beacon, New York: Brief moratorium makes sense for Beacon

Barcelona, Spain: Why Barcelona locals really hate tourists

Hamptons, New York: Trophy lawns destroyed this Hamptons pond with poison

Cohasset, Massachusetts: Smith Place condo proposal is too much

Concord, Massachusetts: Concord, MA to be first U.S. town to ban bottled water

Woodstock, Vermont: Vermont town in Budweiser Clydesdale ad fights to save its charm