Today I read about a weblog called CityStories written by a college acquaintance. Although it is written specifically about cities—their history, their identity, and what draws us to them—more broadly it is about place and how we experience it.
One entry is about the effect of the Asian Longhorned Beetle in Wooster, Massachusetts with striking before- and after-photographs of a neighborhood which lost it trees to the beetle.
HistoryPin is part of a larger effort called We Are What We Do that "takes big goals like a cleaner environment or better schools and breaks them into small, manageable steps they call actions."
Cities and the countryside dance together. For our wellbeing we need both (my editorial comment inserted here) but preferably not the wasteful sprawl that is neither.