In this month’s issue of National Geographic there is a photograph of a golf course in the Mojave Desert. (The article itself concerns the drought in the West.) Why on Earth would anyone want to build a golf course in the middle of the desert, and why would they then try to make it look like Scotland? It seems to me that the challenge of a desert course would be that it has no grass.
We moved the spare television, necessary because our primary unit is a Philips, from the basement to the bedroom. That was a dumb idea; there’s no TiVo up there. Anyway, I was flipping through the channels — who does that? — and landed on Charlie Rose talking with some guy who was very enthusiastic about what he is building in China. Apparently it’s not every day that you get to “build a city inside a city.” It’s just easier in some countries.
The interview is interesting, but I certainly hope his buildings are better built than his website.
David Sucher‘s book, City Comforts is subtitled “How To Build an Urban Village.” The book is not just for cities. The things that make a city pleasant are the same things that make a town, a village, a hamlet, or any collection of homes pleasant.
Do not be put off by the title if you think of yourself as country folk. This book is helpful for the smallest of towns.