Back in the late 80s I fled my old Arbutus Ridge neighbourhood in Vancouver's west side. It had been a community of small but really neat little bungalows with single car garages accessed by lanes that separated the lots at the back. They were older houses, built in the 40s, on what were 50 foot, or "lot and a half" parcels, and most had been nicely upgraded over the years.
Then the newcomers from Hong Kong began moving in, paying really high prices for houses in my neighbourhood and others. They never lived in those neat little houses but tore them down and replaced them with McMansions - huge, 2-storey boxes with a three or four car garage out behind. It just completely changed the atmosphere of the neighbourhood from pleasant to monstrous.
I was reminded of that today on reading that Burbank, California is suffering its own invasion of the McMansion. It's a situation where pictures speak louder than words.
I suppose that's the price of progress.