Letter: Choosing where to live


When reading the letter from Sept. 10 (“The difference: density”), I was reminded of what some people started saying decades ago: build up, not out. This, of course, meant they wanted apartments concentrated in areas of the inner city rather than the pursuit of urban sprawl and third-ring suburbia.

If we did what these people advocated, they were sure we would have utopia with everyone together, no cars, people walking, biking and using public transportation.

This concept is perfect for many people. There are millions of city dwellers across the country who would not have it any other way. The infrastructure and modes of transportation have been tailored to fit this model.

Having said that, let me touch on “choice.” We as Americans should in most cases have the choice of where we live. This is based on both desire and affordability. Whether it be in the belly of a downtown, a gated community, the suburbs, a farm, a motel or in a van down by the river, we should be free to choose.

The Twin Cities area has sprawled for years and the population has grown. Like it or not, when millions of people choose to live other than where trains are located, cars are required and are the most desired mode of transportation. I have traveled in many cities across the country and can say that our freeway systems are not as effective as others in satisfying travel needs.

I guess after a few more years of disregard, people in government may believe the masses will capitulate and come together, to live together and travel together.

Philip Hove, Cottage Grove

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