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Re: E-M:/ High Density Developments to Preserve Agricultural Land???



Title: Re: E-M:/ High Density Developments to Preserve Agricultural Land???
I advocate high-urban density and I live in a small house in a subdivision in Muskegon where my neighbor and I could reach out our windows and shake each other's hands. I have lived in many cities in my life, including New York. While I don't claim it's perfect, for me anything else wouldn't feel right. There is LOTS of work to be done to make cities livable and walkable, and I'm certainly not condemning out-of-hand people who feel the need to responsibly live in wide-open spaces. But I can't see how we can solve some of our pressing problems unless close proximity to other humans is regarded as a positive value.

On the flip side, though, high-density living alone won't solve much unless we're willing to give up our resource-intensive lifestyles. As ecological footprinting shows, much more important than where you live is how much you consume.  It just seems that high-density living helps a bit in reducing our outrageous American consumption patterns.

Cynthia Price
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From: "Rhonda Anderson" <rhonda.anderson@sierraclub.org>
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Subject: RE: E-M:/ High Density Developments to Preserve Agricultural Land???
Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2003, 4:33 PM


Good quesiton.  I await the answer.
 
Peace
Rhonda Anderson
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Subject: Re: E-M:/ High Density Developments to Preserve Agricultural Land???

I'm curious - how many of you that are advocating high density urban living are actually living there?  And how many are living in suburbs or rural places?