This article is a perfect example of the compromises the environment we’ve built for ourselves has forced upon us: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0713-rojas-oc-commute-20120713,0,4734602.story
We’ve created an environment that is so totally dependent on our cars, and focused so much on single-use zoning, that even neighborhoods that might “actually [be] an office park” seem like attractive options. Is the author really that much better off in his new home? Granted he no longer spends 2-3 hours a day in his car, but he’s still totally dependent on it. And his new neighborhood does not sound like the sort of place that offers much to do or is conducive to forming any sort of community. It seems as if he has been forced to trade spending time alone in his car for spending time alone in his home. Without any connections to the street or neighborhood outside of an automobile, a home becomes nothing more than a place to sleep, and it should (and could) be far more than that.