Is it sad though? Or is it simply another of the many changes that have happened to domestic life over the previous three centuries, and overall of little consequence?30 years ago we had the two car families. The mums would get themselves a car, needing two spaces.
Now we have 3- 4 cars in a family ( and sometimes a work van) as the two grown up kids live at home and each own a car.
Hence why people’s gardens are dug up and turned into car parks.
Genuinely quite sad.
The quaint mock Tudor homes in leafy suburbs with their dinky little front gardens that we are lamenting the loss of were exactly the horrible, modern monstrosities of the commuter age that took over traditional old villages and townlands in the 1920s and 30s and against which John Betjeman ranted. He wanted friendly bombs to fall on them, filled as they were with their Austin-driving bank clerks and their permed wives and their two little snotty kids, the sort of people who said "pardon" and had a nice port and lemon in the golf club that had replaced the old dairy pastures (the people otherwise known as our grandparents).
Now we lament those same houses being turned into home offices with car ports, converted garages and broadband internet connections inhabited by families from India or Latvia.
Exactly the same as we lamented the fine Regency houses of West London that were turned into ramshackle flats for immigrants in the 1950s, the immigrants who have long since been pushed out as yuppies have moved into the same areas and gentrified them all over again.
Or we regretted the loss of old craftsmen who were priced out of mews houses in Chelsea to make room for Sloane Rangers or the run-down and rusty dockside wharves that are now packed with gleaming waterside apartment blocks.
Or as mentioned above the drafty, damp-infested council houses that suddenly turned into perfect mini-Kardashian palaces as soon as Maggie sold them to their tenants.
At what point in time are we supposed to call a halt and say that this was the time when all the housing and urban facilities were just perfect?
Will we complain when the empty high streets are packed with young families living in affordable inner-city homes and regretting the loss of the former Primark stores and charity shops?