Philip, the Ecovillage I am interested in developing will be within commuting distance of Westchester/NYC because my ex is there, who co-parents with me. Certainly cities aren't sustainable in their current form (though neither is just about any other way of life in America)...hopefully human ingenuity will win out and transform them into green oases. Because they reduce the footprint needed, cities have great green potential. I would hope that residents of an Ecovillage even in the Metro area would be not be commuting FT;m maybe they would be telecommuting, or biking, or using public transportation for work. But the success of an Ecovillage within a major metropolitan area would be a great model for the future. I will research forums so that interested folks can discuss options before meeting.
0 · December 1, 2012
It was well done evening. Congratulations Ted. I do wish that the presenter addressed some of the hard questions that come up at the Communities Conference. It seemed a bit odd to have some talk about our streets for biking and our subway system when one was flooded just a week ago (and many in the Rockaways sitll do not have A service and the R stops at 34 street) and to ride bikes on asphalt means we are piggy backing on the backs of the automotive industry. Takes fossil fuels to build and maintain the roads, something we're not really talking about in daily converstation
1 · December 1, 2012
The question I like to address is whether a city (cities have always existed in one form or another, Read Kirkpatrick Sale (formerly of WBAI) "Of Human Scale" and any of John Michael Greer's articles on his blog the archdruid report. Having communities of commuting distance of NYC makes a great deal of assumptions about the future that may not be (always good to have a Plan B - Pat Murphy's book of Community Solutions) the way things are heading. So, why not consider what kind of jobs are needed to make local economies work. Another great book to read is Overshoot by William Catton and there is always Kathy McMahon's blog the peakshrink and she's got some great pieces on what community is.
0 · December 1, 2012