Monday, August 1, 2011

People Connect on Their Own

People Connect on Their Own
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 1, 2011

Regarding the Indy Star July 29 editorial, “We’re too spread out, disconnected,” it is reminiscent of the days of forced integration, which clearly failed.

People associate with whom they choose for myriad reasons – religion, politics, sports teams and even geography. In the dating world it is called being geographically desirable.

For all the sprawl, it spreads out traffic instead of concentrating it within one place, i.e.: the Beltway; thinning it out, keeping people moving. And urban centers do have advantages – night life, symphonies, sports, restaurants and museums. However, these same metropolises are rife with high crime rates and poorly performing schools.

For all the new homes and neighborhoods being erected, have the builders and real estate companies pony up proffers for the necessary roads, schools and sewage systems needed to make a new community successful and thriving. They will be the entities reaping the profits – to which they are certainly entitled, therefore they can share in the creation of such profit-making ventures and keep government involvement to a minimum.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

[This item appeared in the Indianapolis Star.]

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