Suburbia: It has been a panacea and an expletive. Touted for affordability and maligned for automobile dependence, suburbia is a fact of life in the U.S.
Massachusetts firefighters advocate sprinkler systems in new homes
After the recent death of a firefighter in a Worcester, Mass. house fire, fire officials pleaded with Massachusetts public safety officials to give cities and towns the authority to require sprinkler systems in new one- or two-family homes. Homebuilders, realtors, engineers and contractors expressed strong opposition to the measure for cost considerations. The National Fire Prevention Association and the International Code Council, however, have included home sprinklers as part of model building codes they recommend to states as minimum standards.