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Urban Sprawl: Issues and Alternatives

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{Nature_and_Environment.12.49}: Richard Witty {gisland} Wed, 20 Jul 2005 19:04:10 CDT (30 lines)

Impact is the effect of their actions.

Live and let live is a "positive ecological impact". New York is the
metropolitan area at least, and much larger in reality.

The New York Metropolitan area contains wonderful spots, but IS
relatively a car-infested desert spreading 300 sq miles, in what was
a wonder of nature. (New York City itself was beautiful and a spirit
center of Indians, meeting to enjoy and thank the presence of its
meeting of waters.)

Its not that now.

As much as mass transit is greatly appreciated, it is not a result of
the collective intent of the people to live and let live. Mass
transit there is merely a logistical necessity in origin.

New York would have to intend to effect other communities
beneficially, ecologically and socially, and in a comprehensive sense.

It could do that. It could consider itself a neighbor of other
communities.

Mass transit, motivated by living lightly on the land, would be that.
And if mass transit originally motivated by logistical necessity
adopted living lightly as a primary value, that would help.

But seeking a rationalization to justify how "good" one is, without
that realistic transformation in intent and practical ethic, is not
it.

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