Small towns across the nation are increasingly being scoped by ‘developers’ as places of opportunity. Opportunity for what? According to the developers these untouched lands are places burgeoning with the opportunity for growth, which will bring in more jobs and lift the poor, simple townsfolk from impending poverty.
What really happens when development occurs? Open land becomes cluttered with an expanse of concrete. What grows? Nothing any more, certainly not the plants that used to occupy that space. What jobs are created? The developers were happy doing their jobs. Now they are done, and have left us with cold, empty buildings. The developers are thrilled because their wallets are full of money from plopping these constructions in a place they don’t have to live, and the people who live there are left with….
What do we have now?
A sinking water table.
More runoff into our rivers, which kills the fish we used to eat.
A growing concrete jungle…and not enough ‘compensation’ to inhabit these constructions ourselves.
Species gradually dying off. The latest reports show bee populations sharply declining and frogs reaching the brinks of extinction.
What happens with fewer bees to pollinate the buds of our crops? Less food.
Less open air and space where there can be some respite from the heat of the concrete.
Developers: 1 Community: 0
Who’s really winning?