Essay about Development: Growth

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Development: Growth

Kunstler felt a sense of place and comfort when living in a small town; however, in result of urban development, his comfort turned into frustration. Throughout this piece, “Geography of Nowhere”, Kunstler has flashbacks of the days when his community used to be worth living in. He talks about the cozy little towns where people would walk to their destination and everyone would converse with their neighbors. Basically, Kunstler tells his side of the story and how he views the changes he has experienced. There are many problems Kunstler has with the ever-changing environment around him; mainly he believes that the change was messing up the town. The first of Kunstler’s third places that was taken from him was
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In result of the automobile industrialization, the town is not friendly to pedestrians, says Kunstler, and now the people have become distant between one another. According to Kunstler, no one has to walk anywhere anymore; there aren’t any sidewalks. So if people are driving they probably won’t be acknowledging the guy who works in the bakery because they don’t have to walk past him anymore. Kunstler also believes his town was messed up by the so-called “no-places” found in many different locations. The first no-place Kunstler discusses is the parking lots with numerous spaces. With the era of automobiles, came a need for expansion. Businesses were now obligated to cater to the needs of a customer’s vehicle to ensure service, and later think about the customers. Kunstler’s problem with the changes being made was obviously the fact that all of these restaurant chains and outlet stores discovered new ground to build on, came into their peaceful town and took away its authenticity. Many of the older buildings, like St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Congregation Sherei Tefila synagogue, and the County YMCA, have been closed down due to an increase in the new attractions offered. The places that made Saratoga what it used to be were being thrown out and passed by for something new, without anymore realizing exactly what was being disposed of. Kunstler

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