14 Feb '12, 1pm

Why lovable places matter to sustainability

Why lovable places matter to sustainability

Yesterday I presented a gallery of places that inspire romance – places that kindle love, if you will. But I submit that they are also lovable themselves. Is that important? Should those of us who care about sustainability also care whether a place is “lovable”? Shouldn’t we only care about the resources it consumes and the pollution it generates? I grappled with a related question almost three years ago, in an article titled, in part, “Does beauty matter?” I answered my own question with a tentative yes, but I’ll confess to being made restless in my conviction by the whole “but it’s in the eye of the beholder” thing. If we can’t reach consensus on a definition, then how do we know when we have it? I’ll grant that lovability – or beauty – can be elusive to define, especially over time. For people, being what we now consider overweight and unattractive was once considered a...

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