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  1. George, I love ya.. (platonically) but suggest you stop telling people how to live their lives. You’re becoming a admonishing finger waver. I live in a rural setting – but have access to Providence and Worcester in a half hour. Many homes here now sport solar panels (almost unknown 15 years ago), plus new construction is often geo-thermal based and using recycled bamboo and other sustainable materials for several of the main elements in the house. They have their own wells and use them.
    Many locals driving hybrids. My driving to and from work is – efficient. 20 minutes, all back roads, no traffic, 12 miles. Try crossing Manhattan from east side to west – in under an hour (yes, except on a bike – watch out constantly). The high cost, delays in travel time, cabbies, pollution, NOISE, attitude, crowding – all drive me OUT of cities. I can buy a good sub in Blackstone, MA for 4 bucks. Try that in Cleveland. See attached. DK

  2. My family moved from suburban Orange County, California to suburban Austin, Texas 3 years ago. Where we live, new housing developments sit across from miles of farms. It reminds me of the Orange County I grew up, where the farms gradually disappeared as developers bought up the land. In 20 years, this part of Texas is on track to have a similar fate. Because of car-centric zoning laws and city planning, it’s almost impossible to walk anywhere outside your neighborhood. So all walking is only leisure–you can’t walk to a store to pick up something. Most schools are situated where the majority of students have to take a bus or be driven, adding to congestion. We live in a college town, so there is a walkable old-town, built pre-car, primarily full of restaurants and bars, though there is some retail. We tend to frequent that area a lot, as almost all of those business are local-owned and have character.

    If you are interested in learning more, the YouTube channel Not Just Bikes has some great videos on what makes a city great.

  3. Jack Gregory Reply

    You are absolutely correct. As someone who lived 10 years off-the-grid (although not by choice) city living is the future that will save us all. Granted, not an urban hellscape future, but with intelligent planning. My father continues to live in Vermont and remains upset by the regressive views of the local township. There’s no pressure for them to change and adapt, unlike a compact and dense social structure that produces adaptive and socially-supportive communities of people, who overwhelmingly tend towards socially and politically progressive attitudes (Yes, Bernie/Vermont but: Bernie is from Brooklyn).
    Farming is a necessity, at least in a general way, but nature stops being natural the minute people are introduced. It’s really unfortunate that people continue to insist otherwise. And indoor plumbing is amazing.

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