Tuesday, June 14, 2005

cookie cutter

I have been trying to post this entry for two days! My "free internet" has not been working! ha!

I worked all day yesterday, 10-6:30 pm. It was raining when I got done and had to bike home in the pouring rain. I was soaked to the bone when I got home, absolutely dripping wet. It was sorta fun though!

My Mom called and as we were talking the city siren went off and we were in a tornado warning or watch, I can never remember which is which. Anyway, the weather was going crazy, rain, hail, wind, black skies, etc.

When the rain cleared I got on my workout clothes and ran a few blocks to Box Office Video (didn't want to return my movies late because of a tornado!) and then headed to the Y. I had a good workout and when I ran home it was raining again. Twice in one day I got caught in the rain.

I watched the end of a PBS program last night; it was about some New England community supported farms and also about the landscape of our neighborhoods, towns and cities. It was extremely interesting. It focused on one particular New England town that was trying to pass a "development plan." Their plan involved curved streets (to slow traffic), sidewalks, parks, post offices, markets, and businesses in scale with the streets and houses surrounding them.

They said that we all know what these neighborhoods feel like, they exist and we don't want to leave them...unfortunately "developments" today do not feel the same. (More like cookie cutter monopoly rows with no sense of a real community).

Every minute two acres of farmland go to new development.

At the very end of the program this was said, "One day someone is going to ask why didn't we stop this?"


Jake said...

You know Brian feels the same way about this and houses - as an architect, one of his goals is to kill the cookie cutter house paradigm.

Jayleigh said...

Indeed. I am sick over the fact that the road on which I spent the first 20 years of my life now has 11 houses on it. During my childhood, there were 5.

Those "gated communities" with $300k houses on 1/2 acres of land make me livid. Why is sprawl more important than FEEDING OURSELVES?

Especially those communities where there are only 1 or 2 different styles/ colors of homes. YUCK!!!