|Re: Living Lightly||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: RAYGASSER (RAYGASSERdelphi.com)|
|Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 11:13:42 -0500|
Zev, EcoVillage at Ithaca specifically picked a site just outside of Ithaca, at the point where the suburban sprawl is sprawling. We rejected sites distant from downtown, and also in the downtown area, because we want to be a model for how to de-sprawl (would that be accepted in a Scrabble game?). The edges of towns are where the suburban expansion is. If towns are going to expand (and it seems they're not stopping soon), they can do so in the "standard model" of suburbia, or, hopefully, in another way. We're hoping to be one of the other ways. One of the compelling reasons for our buying the specific 176 acre plot we got is that it's the last (or close to it) large parcel that close to town. It had previously been planned & platted for 150 houses at about 1 acre each covering the entire parcel. We wanted to show that it can be done differently. Granted, it's more "green" to re-use existing structures and save all of the farmland & undeveloped areas in an unspoiled state. Unfortunately, if we didn't buy it, someone with whole different kind of plan would have, and we didn't want to see a WalMart up on that hill (we're having enough problems with the one they're trying to build down the hill....). And we couldn't afford to buy the land on the hill, and create the community in town. (Actually, there's one small area of Ithaca that has become heavily populated by our group. And one specific short street that has 5 or 6 of us our households living on it. I'm in that general area, and sometimes wonder why I'm going to move away when the village is finished). Ray Gasser EcoVillage at Ithace raygasser [at] delphi.com
Living Lightly BPaiss, October 18 1995
- Re: Living Lightly RAYGASSER, October 23 1995
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