A tip from a reader led us to the topic of transportation costs and how drastically they've changed from 2000 to 2008. The reader supplied a link to a nifty calculator from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) that compares housing and transportation costs from 2000 to 2008 (sorry Spokane's not listed) for major metropolitan areas. Generally speaking, those residing closer in to the city center spend much less of their annual income on housing and transportation. Significantly less. With cheap gas prices, that 20 minute drive provided a nice, new, and affordable home. But now?