Our complex issue is fueled by several factors:
• The Brightwater Sewage Plant is a housing and business growth generator.
• 70 million mitigation dollars has caused Snohomish County authorities to swoon.
• Special interest groups and land developers whispering their siren songs to County authorities.
• The existence of a quiet community with a jewel-like park - too near to the Brightwater plant.
|Brightwater Sewage Plant|
|Wellington HIlls Park|
It began in the boom years following World War II and, if Snohomish County has their way, will continue with urban sprawl, spread-out human density, terrible land-use planning - whatever you call it, the results are predictable.
It begins with a bulldozer and it never quite ends … except it will probably end badly for both humans and the planet.
|Bulldozing orange tree orchards|
|mass produced housing|
|frame houses for single families|
|row upon row|
|housing engulfs orchards|
|The myth was born - everyone could own a "castle"|
|Business was good, lines of people look at model homes|
|Old was out, freeways were in|
|Today's version of a super highway|
|Today's landscape: distant city, freeways and sprawl|
|Of course more cars are needed|
|Tract homes in the 1960s|
|Tract homes 2013|
|Instead of urban planning, every community has this|
|factories get bigger - people want stuff|
|Oil is needed for all those homes, cars and factories|
|Offshore oil is also a boom industry|
|Coal is in big demand|
|Open pit mining for more and more consumables|
|Waste on a grand scale|
|e waste, another booming business|
But, hey, that's progress, right?
Tell me again why a sports complex is more important than a Green Space?
|Wellington Hills Park Trees|
Photos are from LIFE Google, Edward Burtynsky's "Manufactured Landscapes" and several are mine.