Many cities in Europe are small, dense and surrounded by farmland. There are many benefits to this model. It makes me wonder: is un-shepherded real-estate development wise? It’s kinda like a “can but shouldn’t” scenario–we can develop all arable land into homes and malls, but that’s like fungal growth. There needs to be really strong stewardship in order to maintain relevant urban density, no? This is the way we reduce commuter miles, gain oil independence, encourage local agriculture and local economy, isn’t it?