27 May 2009

Fear the cul-de-sac

"Forget pollution, deforestation and species extinction.
What we really need to worry about are ... cul-de-sacs"

Why oppose cul-de-sacs?
View the Built to Last video and find out.

I like this Built to Last video because I support the growth of new urbanism and sustainable living. I did not realize how important it was until after I moved to the west side of Buffalo for graduate school. For many years, I lived in the suburbs or within the cities but too far away from stores and popular avenues to walk or bike there. In the west side of Buffalo, I enjoy getting anywhere without a car easily. If I choose not to catch the NFTA-Metro bus, I can walk or bike to the food stores, post office, cafes, pubs, parks, libraries, and visit friends. When I stayed at my parents' house to dog sit for one week, I realized that everything was much further away. It was very hard to get around on my feet and bike that I had to drive to the super market to get my food. After dog sitting, I went back to the west side of Buffalo with more appreciation of the neighborhood.

Support the growth of sustainable neighborhoods to reduce urban sprawls.

Forget cul-de-sacs!

Thank you Mother Nature Network for sharing the Built to Last video.
Much Eco-preciated!


  1. In addition, a good book to read about the philosophy and outlooks on new urbanism and sustainable living is Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.

  2. hip-hip-hooray! when people ask me why i live in Dirty City, hah... DC, I'm always constantly defending my decision to. this video and my views are aligned perfectly. i believe people need to return the rural areas back to wildlife, and we return to urban living. i see a strong new trend here at gallaudet- the new faculty/staff, the majority bought homes within DC, while the older faculty, the majority live at least an hour or more away!!! nice reverse in trend! we have a new email group with googlegroups called deafdchomeowners, and if you're one, let me know if you'd like to sign up!

  3. Awesome video and love how it is being done! Hope this will influence people in their decision making of where to live and how their lifestyle can help or hurt.

    What bothers me is how more homes are being built, abandoning those old homes, when there's no need for it as the land belongs to the wildlife. It's all conspicious consumption.

    When land shrinks for the wildlife as a result of humans, other kind of humans known as hunters justify their sport by killing them. I will not see this as a justifiable solution and wish to seek an alternative to this.

    Without the wildlife preservation, we lose the vitality of ecosystems that not only impact those of living and nonliving but also humans in the long run. Humans are the only one with voice within the ecosystem who can do something about it to help all of us, the nonliving and living, that voiceless are unable to. The voiceless for the most part have done everything to preserve the ecosystem. No human's wealth can repair whatever irreparable damages already done.

  4. This reminds me of downtown Frederick where I am from. I walk everywhere. The stores and restaurants are close by. Yet, we have mixed development and CLEAN air, which I cannot say for DC. Moreover, we are much safer than many cities, and people say hello every time you pass them. Go Frederick!


  5. Hi Dina,

    I do not think I can disagree with you that clean air is much better outside the city :)

  6. Katherine,

    Broad smile. It is truly a rarity to find a place where you can enjoy the amenities of, i.e. restaurants and bars within a walking distance, an employment place within a walking distance, and history rumblin' around you. I enjoy each day running past historic buildings, houses, green and ancient trees, friendly folks, and yes... clean air. *) Quality of life is crucial to each one of us and that is why I liked the article so much. Dina