McMansions refer to those cookie cutter neighborhoods of big homes that look alike, essentially 90% of new home construction. There are more parallels to fast food than I thought…
Fast food is designed to be cheap and mass produced. So are most new homes, with little variation in floor plan and style.
Fast food uses the cheapest ingredients. Most new homes use the cheapest materials, which explains why they start falling apart after a few years.
Fast food is very satisfying initially, and almost addicting, but the long term effects are unhealthy. Not only do new homes today begin falling apart, but the auto-oriented neighborhoods they’re built in discourage walking.
It’s therefore not surprising that they coexist quite well.
You’ll get a hint of this in the critically acclaimed movie, Super Size Me.