We've all heard how more than half of those surveyed said they'd change their summer vacation plans if the price of gas keeps going up. But there is also some reporting that the housing crisis is causing more families to keep from relocating. When you get that great job offer in Texas or Minnesota, selling your old house at a loss of a few hundred thousand can be a real deal killer.
The combined factors could really change local economies as people suddenly discover new ways to enjoy their own places. It could also change perspectives. Has the high level of mobility undermined the commitment of property owners to actively participate in improving the quality of their own communities? Could this change?