|Oh ye of little technical skill: I can't seem to embed the thing in a frame, so this is the GIF image courtesy of The Atlantic. The little smudge represented by Centerpointethemovie is somewhere in the lower right hand corner.|
Devastating in what specific ways? Devastating to what, exactly? Where is the substantiation? Most importantly, where is the alternate proposal as to how this development should have progressed, in the author's view? Greater Houston added one million people between 1990 and 2000 - where ought our newcomers have decided to live if not where those newly-developed areas are visible in the photo?
Decrying a situation without proposing a viable alternative is not an existentially valid process. Not only does that kind of practice not further the debate, it's actually worse than not saying anything at all, because in producing nothing new while consuming attention, it simply wastes everyone's time and energy which would be far better spent contemplating possible solutions.
I'm the first one to admit that population growth poses balance challenges - I did that originally with Centerpointethemovie and I did it again just yesterday. But to liken families with children and hard-working suburbanites to "slime mold" only makes people feel bad and sets our collective social evolution back a small but meaningful step. When you make people feel bad, they tend to just retreat mentally and emotionally, and as a result of this, less gets accomplished overall, which is a fine result to be cultivated by an author of national visibility (linkback me please, as microscopic as I am) who presumably believes that he cares about "the planet".
From a local perspective, this particular rant couldn't be more timely, because today is the fundraising deadline for the Deer Park Prairie...
|...and the organizers have apparently not raised the $4 million needed to save it from a suburban developer's bulldozer and concrete. |
Screengrabbed from this Bayou Land Conservancy site.
Rant concluded for this morning. Have a slime-free suburban day.
|I did a post on this particular suburban slime mold in February 2012, but its morphological resemblance to Harris County, Texas was purely coincidental.|