I spend a lot of time in third world countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. Once you step outside the "Tourist" mecca, these places all have similar characteristics in common, the first of which is concentrated populations and extreme poverty. I believe that a serious reduction in the standard of living is fast falling on the United States and I want to point a observations that might be useful. Street markets will open on the sidewalks. These won't be in the area of the big corporate chains, but in the inner city areas, in alleys and secondary streets. They will open directly in front of vacant buildings that are owned by banks too invested to allow the former tenants to operate at a reduced return. Products such as cloth and home-grown vegetables and poultry, even small live-stock will change hands at these street-vendors.Automobiles will be abandoned where they quit because maintenance issues will always be secondary to feeding your family and there are alternate means of transportation to owning an automobile. Small motor-cycles will be the primary urban transportation and it won't be uncommon the see three or four people clinging to them as they wind their way through pot-holes in the streets (city services will otherwise occupied). Armed guards will be posted at gasoline stations, the surest cure for drive-aways. Eventually, you will see people carrying 100lbs. propane cylinders on their little honda motor cycles. Trash will accumulate in the gutters because people are basically nasty, lazy creatures. Gold will disappear as jewelry, being replaced by brightly colored cloth because people, no matter how poor, are still vain. More walled and gated communities will rise and bars become normal window dressing. Police will openly carry assault weapons and will not hesitate to use them. Cell phones will entirely replace the land-lines as more of the copper cable gets stolen for cash. Electrical codes will become a joke and more shanty-towns will spring up from vacant lots. Bi-polar unwashed vagrants will shout loud messages from god at every street corner. Teenagers will rush out to wash your windshield at every halt in traffic, hoping for coins. There will be a smell of decay, urine, and cooking everywhere. Life will become a much cheaper commodity.