Ribbon Development, Rural Cancer

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In meta right, we often rethink what is urban and what is rural, but there is also a very large middle ground, that may be closer to being urban and rural, or perhaps neither urban or rural. Ribbon development, a concept that I will soon explain falls into the latter camp.

Many on the political right and left alike dislike the idea of suburbs, which were made possible by affordable automobiles, however with suburbs came a version of them on steroids, with almost all of the suburbia baggage attached. Ribbon development is defined by Oxford as “the building of homes along a main road, especially one leading out of a town or village”, and has not only become a problem in the Americas but, according to my best anecdotal evidence, parts of Europe as well, and if you would like to see some, you can take a drive through almost any rural town with any scenery to offer, and or proximity to an urban center.

So what is so bad about Ribbon development you may ask? Well the main problems many have with the American suburb, are threefold. The first and often most talked about reason is the antisocial behavior that suburbs promote, many do not know their neighbors nor care about their neighbors well being, but while a suburban lot may measure a quarter acre, a home built on a ribbon developed lot can be up to 10 acres or even more at times, this means that one has less motivation to care about those living in their immediate proximity.

The second reason that the American suburb is so openly criticized is the environmental impact it produces, this includes driving to and from work on commutes, and watering lawns, the most irrigated crop in the USA. Since most ribbon developed acreages are not agriculturally productive, lawns and landscaping impact increase several fold, not to mention that driving periods are often even longer to get to any place of work or access any services than would be in the suburbs.

The third and most relevant reason for one on the meta right to want to end Ribbon development is the lack of centralized efficiency. Aside from the senseless amount of time and money used on driving to and from these roadside acreages. There are administrative issues involved with land use zoning and the political needs of existing farmers and those living on these small recreational holdings, and the elephant in the room is that while the initial purchase of land puts money in farmers pockets, it often drains on productivity and increases the costs of goods and services for those same farmers, definitely not something getting us into space any time soon.

Although one could go into fine detail about why this is disadvantageous for the right and society as a whole, I will leave you to do your own research on the subject, and of course, devise solutions to remove this tumor on otherwise productive land.

-Conner Craig

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