Saturday, January 20, 2007
Its the Environment . . .
It really bothers me to see so many people who I know to be passionate and sincere environmentalists oppose "high-density" development in Downtown Columbia. High Density development leaves a much, much smaller environmental footprint on our earth than suburban sprawl. Basically, thats the big choice we are going to make here in Columbia. Because if we don't allow high density development in Downtown Columbia, those people who would have lived (or employers who would have located)in Downtown Columbia are going to live somewhere else and most likely they will end up locating someplace that is currently wild or farmland. And then they will waste energy and pollute when they make their longer commutes to work. Think of all the energy we could save if we had a lot of residences, retail business and employers located within walking distance of each other. Think of all the pollution we save when we walk instead of drive. Think how much healther we would be if we walked more and drove less.