Functional Obsolescence and the Three Car Garage

Dawn Griffin Posted by
Misc. Mar 2007


Recently, I watched The End of Suburbia, a documentary that speculates on the impending doom of houses like this. In fact, one of the questions posed by the documentary wonders whether or not the suburbs will become the new “slums.” The documentary suggests the we have reached “The World Oil Peak”.

Essentially we are approaching the end of the age where fossil fuels are cheap and in ready supply. We have reached the peak production of oil on a global scale. So what does that mean for houses like this one and the communities in which a home is considered functionally obsolete without a three-car garage?


The documentary predicts that we as nation are going to have an extreme energy crisis in the next decade. So what will become of the fields upon fields of houses dependent on oil and natural gas? And what use will there be for a three-car garage when people are unable to fill their tanks for the commute to work?

Reading List

High Noon For Natural Gas….Julian Darley

Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil….Micheal Ruppert

The Next American Metrapolis….Peter Cathrope

The Party is Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Society….Richard Heinberg

Hubbert’s Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage…Kenneth Deffeys

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