Hello to you. It’s Wednesday morning, 7:59 am as I begin to write to you. I’m sharing some of my creations from yesterday. Since I’ve nearly maxed out my picture space here again and haven’t decided whether or not I want to buy a professional account, it’s always a nail-biter to see if all I want to share with you will even load up! Today was a success!
Last night was interesting. Around 5:59 pm we heard two loud booms that scared us and the dogs. It sounded like bombs going off. There was discussion on Next Door (neighborhood internet page) but no definitive answers. It’s kind of like when we had the 4.0 earthquake a couple of years ago now. You can’t prepare yourself for those types of sounds and feelings! Hopefully it wasn’t anything bad.
Our little town is growing much faster than I think anyone thought it would. Things that used to be o.k. aren’t o.k. anymore in the noise department with more people living in the city proper. The gap between the folks living on the outer edge of our town and those of us living within it city limits is closing. A phenomenon I’ve explored here before about this is called Urban Sprawl. What happens is people will move away from large cities to get away from the chaos and then they tell two friends and they tell two friends and before you know it, they are right in the same situation they left! When people from large cities move to small ones, they want all the amenities they had but also want peace and quiet….no traffic. It doesn’t work that way. Where you go, there you are….I give you Urban Sprawl!
Urban sprawl refers to the expansion of poorly planned, low-density, auto-dependent development, which spreads out over large amounts of land, putting long distances between homes, stores, and work and creating a high segregation between residential and commercial uses with harmful impacts on the people living in these areas and the ecosystems and wildlife that have been displaced. Although some would argue that urban sprawl has its benefits, such as creating local economic growth, urban sprawl has many negative consequences for residents and the environment, such as higher water and air pollution, increased traffic fatalities and jams, loss of agricultural capacity, increased car dependency, higher taxes, increased runoff into rivers and lakes, harmful effects on human health, including higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, hypertension and chronic diseases, increased flooding, decrease in social capital and loss of natural habitats, wildlife and open space. In its path, urban sprawl consumes immeasurable acres of forests, farmland, woodlands and wetlands and in its wake, leaves vacant storefronts, boarded up houses, closed businesses, abandoned and usually contaminated industrial sites, and traffic congestion, which can stretch miles from urban centers and is creating a hidden debt of unfunded infrastructure and services, urban decay, social dysfunction, and environmental degradation.
America’s Biggest Problem – well worth spending 14 minutes to watch this!
Watch the new video, Agoraphobic Nation: Sprawl and Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH60a…
Most of the problems that we face today in the United States, whether they are cultural, economic, social or environmental are rooted in poor urban design and planning. Due to America’s unique experience of economic growth during the 20th century, this has become the most underrated issue in the United States that most people don’t know about. People react to their immediate environment and don’t see the big picture unless they can step outside and view themselves. It’s important to recognize a problem in order to have the capacity to change it.
Some points at the end were inspired by a lecture by Andres Duany: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMvwHDFVpCE