The road to hell is paved This is an interesting …

The road to hell is paved

This is an interesting piece I found at ‘Orion’s..It’s about ‘the asphalt nation’. It’s about mobility and our sense for place and nature.

Orion > Curmudgeon in the Wild Alaskan nature writer Richard Nelson says: “What makes a place special is the way it buries itself inside the heart, not whether it’s flat or rugged, rich or austere, wet or arid, gentle or harsh, warm or cold, wild or tame. Every place, like every person, is elevated by the love and respect shown toward it, and by the way in which its bounty is received.”

Civic planners have a responsibility to insure that our parks, greenways and open spaces remain bountiful. One thinks back to that grand era of public spaces designed and executed by the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his contemporaries. His was the generation who gave us our national parks, national forests, and great city parks. His was the generation who knew that we can’t survive without roots in nature. His was the last generation who could imagine a landscape without an automobile.

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