I read something the other day about how living more densely, building away parks and nature walks, was actually more of "green living" than keeping them. One had to be a subscriber to continue reading, and I'm not, so I didn't, and so I can only imagine and take a guess at what they meant. I think they meant something along the lines of, if people live closer to each other, they'll need less transport, resulting in less pollution, more sharing of spaces, more efficent use of energy etc etc.
That might be true.
But I also think it's true that we can find a good middle ground between what our economy wants and what we as living creatures need. As a city girl myself, I love asphalt in the rain, traffic jams in the morning, and the fact that the underground lets me find just about any shop in town without even surfacing to see the sun.
But I also know that I wouldn't love it quite as much if dandelions didn't crack through the pavement, if there weren't magical moments when I have the metro completely to myself and my map-oriented mind sometimes longs to flee the city parks with their beautifully potted plants and trees in a row and gravel that doesn't spill over its boundaries, to find an open field where the ground is uneven and the dogs can run free.
Fragility can be a beautiful thing, but you don't really notice it until it's paired against its opposite.
... now that I read it again, I'm not sure what I wanted to say but hey, it's my blog, I'm allowed to ramble, right? ;)