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McMansions eat up traditional backyards as interiors trump exteriors
McMansions eat up traditional backyards as interiors trump exteriors

The scene in one unassuming 1920s and '30s Los Angeles neighborhood is increasingly familiar. Simultaneously springing up within two blocks, on modest 6,500-square-foot lots that once held single-story homes of less than 2,000 square feet, are four massive two-story constructions of 5,000 square feet each that aggressively push the limits of the lot lines — classic mansionization. It's not just a wealthy neighborhood phenomenon. Throughout the city, homeowners are choosing to add on, build up and build out. While much has been written about the issues these large structures pose to privacy, light, airflow and community, one casualty hasn't received as much attention....

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