Online Resources
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No More McMansions – Online Community Group

McMansions: A Closer Look At The Big House Trend – Investopedia Online

Here’s Why You’re Lucky You Don’t Own A McMansion – Time Magazine

Supersize Me: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, McMansions Take Over

Dated McMansions Are Taking Their Toll On Hinsdale’s Housing Market – Chicago Magazine

As Demographics Change, McMansions Don’t Look So Appealing – Washington Post

City of St Paul, MN, Neighborhood and Comprehensive Planning Committees, Residential Design Standards Zoning Study – Committee Recommendations

City of St. Petersbugh Neighborhood Traditional Single-Family District Regulations - NT.pdf

What McMansions Say About Americans: Stupid Is As Stupid Does – Los Angeles Times

Nashville Demolition Blues – New York Times

More To Read

In the Clark Park neighborhood we have a thriving neighborhood developed for the most part under a consistent set of requirements for:

Height (35 feet)

FAR (Floor Area Ratio – the amount of building allowed on a site of given size),

OSR (Open Space Ratio – the amount of open space required for any given building size),

and set back (front, side and rear yards).  These original requirements are responsible for the visual and demographic character of the neighborhood.  The importance of this character to the City has been recognized many times in the past in City publications and in the local paper (see below).  Clark Park is not a neighborhood that needs development, or infill.  It is a neighborhood where a strong visual and structural character exists,  a character that needs protection, as seen in the following:

John Bowman, News-Gazette Editor,  wrote in 1985 that:

“There is a certain feel, a spirit about Clark Park that sets it apart from all others.”   The complete article appears below.

From the 2011 Champaign Comprehensive Plan – Complete Neighborhoods

“Communities are personified by their residents and the neighborhoods they live in. Champaign is fortunate to have a cohesive neighborhood structure that gives the City its character.  From older neighborhoods like Clark Park to postwar neighborhoods like Garden Hills and newer neighborhoods like Cherry Hills, Champaign has a variety of neighborhood types to suit all interests. The goal of the Comprehensive Plan is to not only strengthen existing neighborhoods  (emphasis added) but to provide a framework for creating new neighborhoods that are ‘complete’.”


From the 1950 Comprehensive Development Plan of Champaign

“Communities such as Champaign-Urbana are primarily places to live. One of the major objectives of planning is the protection and improvement of living facilities.  Maintenance of residential values, protection of good neighborhoods (emphasis added), becomes one of the most important phases of the Comprehensive Development Plan.”

So even 68 years ago, protecting viable communities  was a priority for the City of Champaign.

Giant houses threaten our community as they have in communities nationwide in recent years.  Existing neighborhoods are often destroyed, and the negative impact on surrounding homes, the neighborhood fabric, and even the civic tax base can be devastating.  The following links take you to stories describing what has happened in mcmansionized communities across the country.