During the March 22 Planning Commission Public Hearing, I listened to a developer speaking to the Commission on his plans in a neighborhood outside the North End. He told them that he does not like to use the word "duplex" (which is the term the Planning Department still uses and most of us laypeople would probably still use for the type of attached homes he was intent on building) because he found that people were generally repelled by the thought. No kidding. I wonder why.
Indeed, countless property owners and land developers are trying to change the language on us in order to make their properties more attractive. The latest fashion in marketable names for duplexes is the awkward and verbose title "single-family attached homes."
Never mind that, unlike what most of us understand to be single-family homes, these attached offerings usually don't have yards. Never mind that you'd have to compress drastically your understanding of "family" to shoe-horn a family into one of these dwellings. They prefer that we use their politically correct terminology to help them make more money.
But just because investors call a mouse "a kangaroo" doesn't mean that the rest of us are buying in, expecting to find a pouch and some bounding spring in a scurrying little rodent.