Let's go down another road altogether

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The coincidence of the front page story "Paving the Way for Development" and Kevin Werner's piece about the Peak Oil (Review, February 3) debate is too much to resist: perhaps it's the intriguing, hallucinogenic illusions of real estate developers.

Perhaps it's also time to be more considerate, to show patience with those whose remedial reading skills require help to understand the writing on the wall: to counsel those who live within the sacred halls of the Wholly Corporate Absolute and perhaps to steer them to a pew in The Church of the Wholly Unconvinced.

I would humbly suggest these folks take a sabbatical from that "E-Trade" hype and read the international news. This road building thing and the mindless expansion of suburban sprawl, the "carbon based economy" is rapidly coming to an end. The self-evident truths of that began to unfold with the "Limits to Growth" studies of the early 1970's.

A municipal council that ignores the self-evident truths behind shifting empires, climate shift, energy resource crises, blindly marching to the manic drummers of the ill-considered "growth" and "development" rhetoric is, to be blunt, irresponsible. It's adolescent. Regardless of the political divisions, we all face the same wave of change. Simple compassion requires patience and willingness to assist when that wave hits.

Skip the road building. Maintain the ones we have. If you must build, build integrated, self-sustaining, vertically-zoned, electronic age communities with passive and active energy systems, integrated living water systems, market gardens instead of herbicided astroturf. Do it for the kids. We've had the technology, the means, for at least 35 years.

Cut the self-indulgent whimpering. Give us some creative effort.

Build something with an eye on the unfolding tsunami of crises on the planetary stage. Show us you have some glimmer of understanding about what you're doing to this planet to pay for addictive illusions.

After the news, read the international economists and hedge fund counsellors. It is not the sour grapes of vituperative malcontents that "just don't like Bush" that are waving at us from academic ivory towers. These are global systems analysts, economists, population, environment, resource specialists. These are "embedded journalists," folks reporting from the front lines on the wars of empires. They're talking fact.

We are past the post war economic "new industrial state" and entering the unpredictable, the electronic, the fluid, the dynamic where folks like those in the village of Waterdown will require a pocket of quiet symbiosis while the larger global issues of paradigm shift and climate change unfold.

This road building for suburban design demonstrates learning capacities below the bell curve of human potential.

While it may bring measurable currency to the developers it is self-destructive for any municipality to blindly nod agreement to this misconception that such malignant uncontrolled "growth" somehow indicates progress. This is no longer socially acceptable. It's time we grew up.

Ron Bunston

Waterdown

Let's go down another road altogether

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The coincidence of the front page story "Paving the Way for Development" and Kevin Werner's piece about the Peak Oil (Review, February 3) debate is too much to resist: perhaps it's the intriguing, hallucinogenic illusions of real estate developers.

Perhaps it's also time to be more considerate, to show patience with those whose remedial reading skills require help to understand the writing on the wall: to counsel those who live within the sacred halls of the Wholly Corporate Absolute and perhaps to steer them to a pew in The Church of the Wholly Unconvinced.

I would humbly suggest these folks take a sabbatical from that "E-Trade" hype and read the international news. This road building thing and the mindless expansion of suburban sprawl, the "carbon based economy" is rapidly coming to an end. The self-evident truths of that began to unfold with the "Limits to Growth" studies of the early 1970's.

A municipal council that ignores the self-evident truths behind shifting empires, climate shift, energy resource crises, blindly marching to the manic drummers of the ill-considered "growth" and "development" rhetoric is, to be blunt, irresponsible. It's adolescent. Regardless of the political divisions, we all face the same wave of change. Simple compassion requires patience and willingness to assist when that wave hits.

Skip the road building. Maintain the ones we have. If you must build, build integrated, self-sustaining, vertically-zoned, electronic age communities with passive and active energy systems, integrated living water systems, market gardens instead of herbicided astroturf. Do it for the kids. We've had the technology, the means, for at least 35 years.

Cut the self-indulgent whimpering. Give us some creative effort.

Build something with an eye on the unfolding tsunami of crises on the planetary stage. Show us you have some glimmer of understanding about what you're doing to this planet to pay for addictive illusions.

After the news, read the international economists and hedge fund counsellors. It is not the sour grapes of vituperative malcontents that "just don't like Bush" that are waving at us from academic ivory towers. These are global systems analysts, economists, population, environment, resource specialists. These are "embedded journalists," folks reporting from the front lines on the wars of empires. They're talking fact.

We are past the post war economic "new industrial state" and entering the unpredictable, the electronic, the fluid, the dynamic where folks like those in the village of Waterdown will require a pocket of quiet symbiosis while the larger global issues of paradigm shift and climate change unfold.

This road building for suburban design demonstrates learning capacities below the bell curve of human potential.

While it may bring measurable currency to the developers it is self-destructive for any municipality to blindly nod agreement to this misconception that such malignant uncontrolled "growth" somehow indicates progress. This is no longer socially acceptable. It's time we grew up.

Ron Bunston

Waterdown

Let's go down another road altogether

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The coincidence of the front page story "Paving the Way for Development" and Kevin Werner's piece about the Peak Oil (Review, February 3) debate is too much to resist: perhaps it's the intriguing, hallucinogenic illusions of real estate developers.

Perhaps it's also time to be more considerate, to show patience with those whose remedial reading skills require help to understand the writing on the wall: to counsel those who live within the sacred halls of the Wholly Corporate Absolute and perhaps to steer them to a pew in The Church of the Wholly Unconvinced.

I would humbly suggest these folks take a sabbatical from that "E-Trade" hype and read the international news. This road building thing and the mindless expansion of suburban sprawl, the "carbon based economy" is rapidly coming to an end. The self-evident truths of that began to unfold with the "Limits to Growth" studies of the early 1970's.

A municipal council that ignores the self-evident truths behind shifting empires, climate shift, energy resource crises, blindly marching to the manic drummers of the ill-considered "growth" and "development" rhetoric is, to be blunt, irresponsible. It's adolescent. Regardless of the political divisions, we all face the same wave of change. Simple compassion requires patience and willingness to assist when that wave hits.

Skip the road building. Maintain the ones we have. If you must build, build integrated, self-sustaining, vertically-zoned, electronic age communities with passive and active energy systems, integrated living water systems, market gardens instead of herbicided astroturf. Do it for the kids. We've had the technology, the means, for at least 35 years.

Cut the self-indulgent whimpering. Give us some creative effort.

Build something with an eye on the unfolding tsunami of crises on the planetary stage. Show us you have some glimmer of understanding about what you're doing to this planet to pay for addictive illusions.

After the news, read the international economists and hedge fund counsellors. It is not the sour grapes of vituperative malcontents that "just don't like Bush" that are waving at us from academic ivory towers. These are global systems analysts, economists, population, environment, resource specialists. These are "embedded journalists," folks reporting from the front lines on the wars of empires. They're talking fact.

We are past the post war economic "new industrial state" and entering the unpredictable, the electronic, the fluid, the dynamic where folks like those in the village of Waterdown will require a pocket of quiet symbiosis while the larger global issues of paradigm shift and climate change unfold.

This road building for suburban design demonstrates learning capacities below the bell curve of human potential.

While it may bring measurable currency to the developers it is self-destructive for any municipality to blindly nod agreement to this misconception that such malignant uncontrolled "growth" somehow indicates progress. This is no longer socially acceptable. It's time we grew up.

Ron Bunston

Waterdown