01 Mar '12, 1pm

Linking rural & urban - Strong towns require a strong working landscape around them: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #NRDC

Linking rural & urban - Strong towns require a strong working landscape around them: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #NRDC

Indeed, rural communities often have a unique relationship with the rural land around them. Small town economies are not only strengthened when surrounding farms are successful, or when timbering or fiber industries (if practiced sustainably) continue to thrive; they can be defined by these relationships, and by the natural and working landscape around them. No contemporary philosopher has described this relationship better than did Wendell Berry, at least as it pertains to farming, in his seminal The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture more than 40 years ago. Berry posited that we must not lose the understanding “…that as we and our land are part of one another, so all who are living as neighbors here, human and plant and animal, are part of one another, and so cannot possibly flourish alone; that therefore our culture must be our response to our place, our cul...

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