Tuesday, May 20, 2008

places not worth defending

If you're like me, a person of fervent opinions who often finds themselves at a loss for an eloquent or rational way to express them, and are an outspoken critic of suburban sprawl, you might find this speech interesting. Even if you're not a proponent of new urbanism, take a moment or twenty to listen to what this man has to say about places that are not worth caring about, and ones that are.

TED Talks: James Howard Kunstler, "The Tragedy of Suburbia"

The best part of the speech is perhaps the very last thing he says before closing:
Stop referring to yourselves as "consumers". Consumers are not the same as citizens. Consumers do not have obligations, responsibilities and duties to their fellow human beings.