1. Kimberley

    I thoroughly enjoyed your article. You offered very profound ideas and a few aha moments. I am also seeing a trend in the return to small community/town living on the rise. A place where neighbor knows neighbor and where shop owners also live in the neighborhood. No chain or box stores allowed.

    • Hi Kimberley, it’s interesting that you are already noticing a trend toward local and community initiatives. In Ottawa where I live, it can sometimes be hard for small businesses to thrive, but we still have many small businesses that do have success. There are also quite a lot of community activities here. For example, I thought a class about minimalism last fall for an little organization called the “Westboro Brainery” which is part of a community and recreation center. Maybe these sorts of initiatives will start to grow even more!
      Thanks for your comment! It’s always nice to hear from you.

  2. Sandra

    Having been raised in a small suburban environment, I understand the lure of suburbia as well as the potential downside when it comes to relying on fossil fuels for the energy to sustain the lifestyle. It was all so easy, and so cheap back then.

    When I raised my own children in a suburban area outside of Philadelpha, the circumstances were far different. My house had a combination of solar power, solar hot water, and passive solar design elements that saved a lot of fossils. I mostly worked from home, but when I didn’t, mass transit was an efficient way to get to NYC, DC, and NJ. Even Delaware, without good mass transit, had ride share programs and the corporate clients I worked for had shuttles from “surburbia” to Wilmington.

    The tradeoff was that my children had access to very good schools and after school programs, complete with a second bus to get them home if I wasn’t available.

    So, I think that any fears that surburbia isn’t sustainable will be allieved as technology continues to provide solutions. At this point, it is the consumers who are driving the need for fossil fuels. It will take a government mandates to force a shift before it is forced upon us.

    • Wow, it seems like your home was/is quite environmentally friendly! Did the builder build similar homes in the neighborhood?

      You’re right about the fact that the demand for fossil fuels is still relatively high. There definitely will have to be a big government initiative to have some sort of change.

      I also wonder what technology has in store for us. For now, there doesn’t seem to be an alternative that is cheap enough. Since the infrastructure and the products that are needed for the production, transportation and consumption of fossil fuels are already in place, fossil fuels will always have a competitive economic advantage over the alternatives that are currently available. But that is just my comprehension of our current situation. I might be mistaken.

      Thanks for your comment Sandra!

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