Where I live, I used to be able to stand at the top of the hill along a bit from my house and see for miles. The view remained practically unchanged from when I first moved here (1972) until around 1993/'94, when some two-storey amenity housing was built on a bit of 'spare' ground. Then, a year or so back, some flats (and houses) were built behind them on the site where a single-storey school for handicapped kids once stood, which was demolished a couple or so years back. This has resulted in the almost complete obscuration of the distant horizon that for many years had once been so familiar to me from the days of my youth. The same thing happened just recently in the street where I'd lived from 1965 to '72; what was once an expansive view has disappeared behind a sea of new roofs on houses that were erected around two or three years ago. (The photo above is how the street looked in 1988, the bottom photo is how it looks nowadays.)
I could nip your ear for hours with a long list of why I think the world is shrinking and closing in on us, but I'll spare you that ordeal. Suffice to say, there are just far too many humans on the planet nowadays and if there's one species that needs culled, it's ours. In our feckless society, where marriage and commitment are on the decline, people move from one failed relationship to another, having children with multiple partners and putting a severe strain on resources like housing and the NHS. Far too many parents these days have got several kids by three or four different partners, and all these children are going to need houses when they grow up. Personally, I'd put something in the water supply to prevent people being able to have kids in the willy-nilly (no pun intended) way they do nowadays. Then, if you wanted to start a family, you'd have to sit a test to determine your suitability, before being given the antidote to what's in the water.
Okay, maybe I'm stretching things too far, but what would your solution be to crammed housing schemes and the gradual (but quickening) loss of green areas within and without town and cities, which will invariably lead to even more congested and depressing living conditions for future generations? Do tell.
|Click to enlarge. Can you honestly say it's an improvement?|