19 May 2009

Keeping it Un-real

Lake Ritchie, originally uploaded by StrudelMonkey.

Much of the urban development in modern day China appears to be a declaration of victory ... a celebration of man overcoming nature. Every square meter of poured concrete or kilometer of underground tunnel is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the Chinese people.

While a 100-story skyscraper is indeed impressive, I would find much more value in the preservation of something natural ... something real ... in such a sprawling urban environment. "Do not walk on the grass" signs seem to be multiplying. Each one I pass makes me think about home in northern Michigan ... fresh air and water ... protected land and areas reserved for endangered species of plants & animals. Isn't its preservation much more of an accomplishment than another bank building or shopping mall?

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