Recently, Salt Lake City announced two prototypes for affordable housing. As nice as the designs may be, they reflect a lifestyle which is passing, if not passé.

Single-family detached with lawn no longer reflects the reality of living in a modern city. The house with the white-picket fence, which once was the dream of a soldier in 1944, can no longer be afforded — ecologically, financially.

We need density, not dispersion.

The car with its pollution, its ravenous need for streets, highways, and parking, can no longer be catered to.

We need new thinking, creative thinking, not putting lipstick on an outdated pig. The prototypes are a step in the wrong direction. Go back to the drawing boards.

Dennis Read Hanks, Salt Lake City