In his column (If you want green space, buy your own), Thomas Beach argues against state efforts to purchase the development rights of farmlands by saying that the price is not high enough and "because the farmer uses up the money and then is stuck with a farm."
While I'm sure this may sometimes be the case, I think this oversimplifies things. The prices are negotiated and based on fair market appraisals. And the goal of the state's Farmland Preservation Program is to maintain the agricultural sector of the economy as much, if not more than, to maintain open space.
Mr. Beach also scoffs at the idea of village-style development, saying that people prefer to live on large lots in large houses.
It seems the only people who choose to live in cities are a few yuppies and the elderly who may need public transportation and easy access to services.This statement seems absurd, if not insulting and condescending.
But here is the part that stood out for me:
Except for my time in the Army, I haven't done any serious walking since I turned 16 and got my driver's license. I have never ridden a bus or subway and don't ever plan to.I find that simply sad.