Wednesday, July 9, 2008

We must rethink how we handle development

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Areas like Clarksburg are being turned into giant deposits of tract mansions. Not only is the local wildlife being displaced, the ecosystems that we have are being completely disrupted in these natural areas of Maryland.

With the economy and the housing market as it is now, who can afford these houses? Is it really profitable to develop areas like Clarksburg at this point? The development continues despite everything we face now, and the water is rising faster than we think.

Development is not evil. It has functioned as a staple of the American economy, but we need to start thinking about it differently.

We need to consider the existing areas that we have for business and living space, and consider if we are utilizing that space to our full advantage.

Aradhana A. Kamble, Derwood