Viral construction cranes or vibrant human activity?

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Guest: As Seattle grows, will the community and character stay? | Opinion | The Seattle Times. by Taso G. Lagos

Here we go again: I’ve linked another article about neighbors and community.  I’m not making this stuff up, folks; I’m not the only person out there who appears to be hyper-focused on neighborly kinship.  When I posted my article, The importance of good neighbors, I had been experiencing a comforting sense of neighborliness resultant from how attentive my neighbors have been to me after a recent household accident in which I injured my back and right hip.  Their outpouring of support wasn’t surprising to me at all – my neighbors are what I consider super neighbors – but their support clicked with me in such a way that I had to boast about them; so I did.

I then posted a follow-up article Positive community activism in which I linked a media source that focused on the importance of global and neighborhood volunteerism.  Then Froma Harrop editorialized on how important personal neighborhood connections have become with the societal switch to online friendships.

The latest article by guest Seattle Times columnist Taso G. Lagos, attached above, challenges us to discern how we can tap into the good life when our major cities grow and become densely populated with people and with buildings; thus my title reference to a comment the writer made which I now quote in its entirety:

But one thing we cannot promise: how to tap into the good life. That is something each citizen must discover for herself or himself. The great city sets the conditions and it’s up to citizens to partake of them. That can only happen when residents are attuned to this possibility and see the benefits of living in dense concentrations.

The next few years will determine if Seattle’s greatness is made up of viral construction cranes or vibrant human activity.

A crowded disconnect
A crowded disconnect

Seattle is the fastest growing metropolis in America.  Is that something of which we should be proud, or fearful?  And the rest of you with fast-growing cities, how are you responding to that growth?  “Will we just focus on development, traffic flows and mass transit to handle the influx of new residents, or will the new explosive growth be an opportunity to take stock of the city and its soul?”

As I alluded to in previous articles, I have no desire to live in a soul-less community that builds walls rather than tears them down.  As much as you have the ability, please do your part in building what matters: a connectivity you can support, and upon which you can rely.

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