By Thomas Malthus
Malthus's Essay seems on the perennial tendency of people to outstrip their assets: replica continually exceeds nutrition creation. this present day Malthus continues to be a byword for difficulty approximately man's demographic and ecological clients.
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Sprawling developments that require cars to maneuver reduce our connections to each other and we make it so much harder to care about anything beyond our front door. Our car has become a prophylactic that prevents us from connecting to our places. Whether by plan or merely a byproduct, the consequence of our public policy, urban planning and design decisions was to keep people separate, isolated and in identity groups. It was a kind of architecture (and planning) against relationships. We have created an urban hierarchy that does not aspire to anything more than utility and to be in service to the car.
One need only look at a syrupy Olympics background story or the latest episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition to see how we enjoy having our emotions manipulated. But you rarely see our political leaders show emotions other than token anger and outrage or the occasion display of grief when the timing is appropriate. Remember what a big deal it was when Hilary Clinton shed a tear during the Democratic Primary in 2008? That was front page news! So I ask you: Where is the love? I am not sure of the historical antecedents of this bias but in current times there seems to be an overriding fear amongst political leaders of being seen as frivolous.
At its heart there was opportunity. Opportunity to make things and to not be a servant to the land. The honeymoon period of course did not last. The “affair” had grown stale and, while we did not hate our cities in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, we did neglect them. And like unloved toys they became tattered afterthoughts and items of disrepair. WHY THE AFFAIR ENDED After World War II we began to drift away from the notion of the city and more towards the suburbs. Years of the Great Depression followed by years of war had made us hungry for something new.