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Urban sprawl is not a new phenomenon and the battle between environmentalists anddevelopers is well-known But perhaps the issue is not that the land is being utterlystripped of life and replaced by cookie cutter houses or factories which has been acontroversy for decades Perhaps the fighting has exposed a deeper problem theAmerican acceptance of a false outside seen through lawns that mimic interiorsPeople often perceive that any green space is nature As Michael Ventura saysAmerica is form opposed to content 216 Contractors leave some existing trees onlots not because it may be costly to remove them but because those trees also serve asa selling feature for the houses built between Most people would rather spend theirweekends at an official regulated and landscaped park rather than hiking through someun-named forest track While there is the standard human desire for new experiencespeople often are only willing to try pre-tested experiences Even when one realizes thesocietal manipulation it still seems difficult to jump over the railings and really cut a newSo if people are aware that theyre being led by the nose through a sterilepre-chewed and mocked-up environment why dont they respond Heres why Peopleare simply cannot deal with vast expanses of nothing Afterall it is more or less theAmerican motto to tame the wilderness to take what the land has to offer and use it tobetter the standard of human living Just being there a more Eastern philosophyseems only a waste of both money and resources to American thinking The courtsystem has even ruled several times along the lines that a loss of open space amountsto an insignificant impact to dissuade new housing developments PreservationGroups Lose Favor The planet alone has been deemed worthless without us a beliefwhich already ties in nicely with some Western religious rationalization for the ease ofhuman interface comfort of use the accuracy of human perception Viola 226Even the National Park Service doesnt seem to seem to be championing theplanet to simply safeguard
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