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  •  Approach it from another angle (4.00)
    If I may...

    What happens to communities when people no longer can travel 60-80 miles for work or play?  What do we want to do to make our communities liveable in the range that we can walk or bike to?

    I welcome it.  See it - the future could be nice, holding aside the financial privations -which I understand will not be minor.  But maybe we band together more, plant and maintain community kitchens and farms or cooperatives to get farmers to bring in food.  Maybe the elderly don't drown alone in homes without loving care givers nearby.  Maybe we SEE each other for the first time...

    I know - there are down sides to small as well.  But we havent experienced that large scale in a while...

    In Cuba, after the soviet pull out, they had to learn how to do a lot of stuff without gas and oil.  One of these was to abandon the use of the tractor for a lot of planting.  They brought back their oxen and horses.  They found that the oxen's hooves did a much better job of aerating the soil - Tractors compacted soil, making it less receptive to plants..

    Anyway...I don't want to make this into a paen on the virtues of the rural life.  Lord knows, I am a city girl at heart.  But I am trying to prepare my heart and head for change - major change.  We need to be ready...

    Stop Looking For Leaders - WE are the Leaders!!!

    by SwimmertoFreedom04 on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 05:07:58 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe....maybe not (none)
      I hope we become more "local".   But solution sets in transportation functions are often counterintuitive.   A huge amount of transportation cost is in material handling, which is why trucking is often cheaper than rail, not just due to road subsidies.   My fear is that this is only going to accelerate the Walmartization of America, not attenuate it.

      Which minority group would Jesus hate?

      by NorCalJim on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:30:35 PM PDT

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