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    The reality is that millions of Americans do live in such crowded condition, they just don't do it by choice. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps over a million Americans also commute to work by bike or foot.

    The thing is, they are nearly invisible to those of us in the middle class. Back in the last century, I briefly dated a woman who lived with her mother, her sister & brother-in-law and their four kids in a three bedroom, one bath flat while she attended Marquette Dental School as the first person in her family to have ever gone to college. Right now a family of seven lives across the street from me in a three bedroom, one bath flat.

    Most people who live this way in the USA are either immigrants or African-American. Most live in households where every adult works two jobs, usually both paying less than $8/hr.

    It is, I believe, in part because living densely or using human power to commute (or even the bus) is associated with poverty or low levels of education that so many people will not consider such things. I have been asked point blank if I have been convicted of DUI because I bike or bus to work unless I have an exceptional errand to run afterward. In our status obsessed culture, a wasteful, selfish lifestyle is a badge of status.

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