400 Years of Single-Family Homes in America
Emily Badger shares insights and lessons about the evolution of the American single-family home from a data visualization project by Pop Chart Lab. Among those lessons: "a sense of why the bland sameness of suburban subdivisions is often criticized. There is tremendous variety, and architectural heritage, in the American single-family home."
Badger also offers a few caveats about the poster. First, the "400-year visual history of the American home focuses on single-family houses, and so the collection skews suburban and rural; there are no apartment buildings here." That omission is especially noteworthy because, that is "the housing type that's home to a majority of American families."
Second, the visualization "doesn't give a full sense of how the scale itself has shifted." The beginning of the article includes a lot more detail on how the growing size of the single-family home is one of the most defining features of its evolution.