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RE: Why cities are on the 'cutting edge of environmentalism'
What started as an interesting article was spoiled by introducing right wing versus left wing ideology references, and suggesting a consortium of big business tore up steet car tracks. Nonsense. People really liked the idea of not living cheek-by-jowl with many others, and the automobile gave them that choice. Developers and manufacturers just swept in to fill that demand. But indeed we need compact, hi-density living environments. Cities are where we keep all our surplus people. We need the rest of the space so they can get out a couple of weeks a year and live with nature. For myself, our trees sequester six-times our annual carbon emissions, our gardens easily produce half our food, and I walk about five kilometers a day without leaving my yard, if I stay home. We can cycle with minimum engagement with traffic, or on the park pathways for dozens of miles. We are lucky, and the difference is that there are too many of you others.
Posted by elderone1
25th Apr 2011