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caraher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 08:16 AM
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20. Taking it as Vermont vs. NYC misses the point
Really, this is an indictment of the suburbs. Of course NYC can't feed itself, and of course people in rural areas - where food is grown - will have a larger per-capita carbon footprint due to travel. We need both great cities and the countryside to function as a society.

The killer is the car culture that militates against compact communities and causes intrinsically wasteful sprawl. There's no sound reason for too many suburbs. Their growth comes from a system of perverse incentives - the pyramid scheme of the real estate market, the "white flight" that gutted many cities. We need to think more intentionally about how we ought to live. Noting the very real positives of New York City - available public transit, compact neighborhoods where one can meet one's needs largely on foot - can help us develop in saner ways moving forward.
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