“Why live in a metropolis in the first place? Why endure the polluted air, the high prices, the increased potential for crime, and the fierce competition for everything from water to jobs?” These are the questions posed from Josh Halczak as an introduction to his essay on the housing crisis in America for our Student Voices Scholarship Essay contest. Josh creates metaphoric imagery comparing a metro area to a fire, and people tend to flock to the center for the warmth, light and opportunity it provides. Josh recognizes that it’s easy to talk about expansion, but in reality there are only three options: upward, downward and outward. Some may be reserved for science fiction novels, but others have potential.