As the affluent flock into cities and the formerly tony suburbs turn to slums, you know what I'm not going to miss? GARAGES. Big old ugly garages that are the main feature of the whole ugly suburban house for some reason. Good news: garages have completely gone out of fashion, architecturally speaking.

Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration. As is the headline. (Pays to read the whole story. Let this be a lesson). But don't take it from me—take it from the OFFICIAL US CENSUS via USA Today:

The data also show that the percentage of homes built without a garage or carport is the highest since the late 1990s. At the housing boom peak in 2004, 8% of new homes had no car shelter. It hit 13% in 2010 and 2011

Combine that with a notable uptick in new homes with porches on them, and what do you get? Sustainable living, changing urban lifestyles, generational shift towards compact development, you know the drill. With a little creativity you can prove damn near any trend about affluence, sociology, real estate, and city planning based on those two factoids alone.

Fuck garages though.

[USAT. Photo: Allan Ferguson/ Flickr]