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tacocat  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Here's How America Uses Its Land

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It serves a purpose. But I really hate lawns and lawn care




veen  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The amount of useless space and water is staggering to me. Especially since it has little to no functional use for most people, only acting a weak signaller for wealth.

kleinbl00  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not at all a fan of lawns but one of the things Americans in general forget is that if you water them, they turn brown and go dormant, they don't die. Up in Seattle lawns turn brown from Easter through Halloween. Here in LA they suck the reservoirs dry.

If I ran the USDA I'd bring back victory gardens so fast.

tacocat  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The easiest explanation is we're huge. We're so huge we're wasteful so you get giant lawns and zero public transit in some larger cities.

That's the Atlanta metro area. I live somewhere in there. To efficiently move from one end to another, or one county to another really, without a personal vehicle is impossible. That area has to be larger than some small countries.

kleinbl00  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

According to Wolfram Alpha, Atlanta is larger than Wales.

tacocat  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Atlanta: larger than Wales, and with twice as many Corgis

kleinbl00  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Okay, I laughed.

veen  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If I recall correctly, the Atlanta metro has a lower density than most rural areas here in Northwest Europe. Atlanta is always used in discussions about (sub)urbanism. Let's just say it's not used as an example to follow...

tacocat  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You should see the street map in the part I'm in at standard zoom vs. the suburb I lived in to the east when I moved here. This place is what happens when civic planning is ignored. I think they just paved every dirt road available in the 60s and 70s and said it was good enough. I basically live in the petri dish of things that can happen when local government fails.