Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Still Building

I'm in some exurban zone between Wilmington and Baltimore, and there are plenty of newly minted and still under construction housing developments of the very worst kind. I think one thing people fail to notice sometimes is just much land these things use. I remember hearing a talk in the 90s, when I was living in Providence, about the attempts to revitalize the downtown core of that city. To provide a sense of scale the presenter demonstrated using scale models how the entire Providence downtown area easily fit within the footprint of a moderately sized local suburban mall&parking lot.