Posted by: facetothewind | October 19, 2008

Ghost town USA – the future of America

Been thinking a lot about the crumbling empires we inhabit. It prompted me to buy a book called, “The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman.

The book is a not-so-fictional account of what is likely to happen to the planet when we the people leave for good. Chilling. And it has already happened. And when we leave a place, it becomes ruins remarkably fast. In 30 years, a place is beyond redemption. Imagine what will happen to the sprawling exurbs of America when gas is $10/gallon? What will happen to the resort playgrounds of the wealthy when the economic tides turn against them? What will happen to the US when there is no money to maintain the infrastructures…when another country holds all our debt and our currency is worthless because we overspent? What will happen once we’ve wasted all of our money on stupid wars and bailing out reckless financiers? What will happen to a nation that designed its cites without the forethought of the end of oil? Ghost town USA. Coming sooner than you think.

Look around the world and see what happened to Namibia, Famagusta, Cyprus, San Zhi, Taiwan. Look locally to see Detroit, Flint, Niagara Falls, Maricopa, AZ.

I found a blog that is dedicated to the ghost towns of the world. I suspect we won’t have to travel far to see this decadence soon. Click here to see website:

http://www.oddee.com/item_96462.aspx

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