Originally posted by CB328
The whole country will be like that eventually if we don't stop our insane growth.
What insane growth would that be?
For a given country, the US in this case, to maintain it's current population, there needs to be 2.1 births per woman, on average. The US, at this
time, is at about 2.06. The US is not experiencing "insane growth" as you put it.
Even if it it was, space wise the US could hold many times the current population. I don't know how much you travel around the country, but there is a
HUGE amount of completely empty space everywhere in the US. A large number of currently developed towns and cities are nowhere near being overcrowded.
Awful places like NY city are not common around the us, most all of this country is big, open, and spread out. The only reason overcrowding is an
issue anywhere in this country is because people keep moving into to already crowded areas, and leaving other areas basically abandoned. You could
multiply the population several times over and still have plenty of free open space for crops and wildlife. People would just have to be smarter about
where they choose to live.
I really don't have a problem with the idea of living in a small area. It's not like they are forcing people to live in these apartments, are they?
Some will probably say "yes, they are forcing you to live in them, because people can't afford anything bigger" Jeez, how about you leave NY then?
I'll never understand the mentality of people who want to live in NY city, I live in Portland, OR, a very small city by comparison, and I wish we were
smaller than we currently are. I'd probably commit suicide if i lived in NY.
The only issue I see with these apartments is privacy, as someone else pointed out. Even in a normal sized larger apartment you can hear your
neighbors talking, moving around, cooking, watching TV, etc. That's bad enough.
Could you imagine having people behind you, in front of you, to the left, the right, and on top, ALL of them within about 10 feet at the FURTHEST
possible point? That would be just terrible. I'd imagine ear plugs would be a requirement to get any sleep. Might as well wear them all the time to
avoid having to listen to 8 people's conversations all at the same time. And then when people are cooking? A tiny tiny tiny little area with a bunch
of different people cooking a bunch of different food? Those things must smell awful.
Not to mention people who might not have the best hygiene. Being so crammed together you could probably smell someone's BO through the walls.
I'm sure some of you people have seen those "micro houses" or whatever they are called. You are allowed to build a building with less than 150sqft or
something without having to get any sort of permits or follow building codes for houses. I think you are also exempt from paying taxes So many people
with land are building micro houses on their property.
I'd love to do this myself. Get a few acres on the outskirts of the city, build 4-5 little micro houses all connected by a concrete walkway and a
little awning to cover from the rain. Have one house that's your bedroom, one house that's a bathroom, one house that's a kitchen, and so on.
Avoid taxes, codes, and permits and still have a nice living area. Only downside is having to walk outside from room to room instead of having them
all connected. Would definitely be worth it to me.
edit on 13-7-2012 by James1982 because: (no reason given)