The answer is to build fewer homes and yes this is good for the environment and will cut our taxes. I believe home prices are driven by a combination of supply, demand, and interest rates. Interest rates can not possibly get much lower so that is no help. Demand can only be increased by increasing the number of Americans which will slowly go up. -We can however help supply while lowering taxes by making conversion of low density "farming" lots to medium density residential more difficult. This will limit the supply of homes on the market thus raising prices. -How does this lower taxes? Well you will not be paying to build new roads, build new highways or build the other water, electric and sewage infrastructure. I know some of these are quasi-privately operated but tax breaks galore and other funding is given to these projects. The next point with lower taxes also should gain support of the environmentalists. Fewer neighborhoods will be erected in flood plains if we do not liberally continue to rezone the flood plains and provide public welfare for their construction in these environmentally sensitive areas. Coupled with lack of flood plain growth is lack of suburban sprawl in general. Urban heat islands contribute to man made global warming if the houses are occupied or unoccupied. -Also the pro-American military types should be happy with the plan because if the St Louis metropolitan area slows growth near its current sixty mile diameter our commutes will stop getting longer and we will drive up the price of Middle Eastern oil more slowly. Who should be against this? Farmers looking to retire by selling their land to developers may loose something. Oh well. Perhaps we should keep the farm land farm land in the event world population continues to grow. Will folks be forced to buy "out of date" houses? Perhaps to some extent. Eventually this is bound to happen anyway though as we run out of room. I am also not saying "no new houses". Just that I would like to slow the growth. Any ideas how to implement it? Guess Federal dollars will have to be withheld from states with xx% new housing growth to get the sunbelt in line. Do I feel sorry for developing states? Not really. This is for the benefit of America as a whole. When housing supply sinks building should increase. In my opinion it is big government welfare building roads and infrastructure for developers which makes new housing so attractive. What do you all think?