Originally Posted by momandmore2
MamaMonica--I hadn't heard of that book, but dh has. It's on our wish list. I totally understand about land prices and jobs. But you're right, most cities are pretty scary places if an oil crisis should occur--esp. those with large suburban areas without any central/community spaces. We've just started looking into intentional communities. That'd be the way to go if oil (and therefore food) became scare. I'm just not sure we'd like a closed community per se, as many of these are; we'd rather just be in a small town surrounded by like-minded people who are interested in sharing resources and talents. But how to find such a place? That's our biggest challenge right now . . .
It's great to be able to talk about this!! Few people I know IRL want to talk about it. The suburbs are the worst place to be. I thought I wanted intentional community as well, then thought small town was the way to go- a place with mass transit, bike lanes, food coop, gardens etc. I haven't found the answer but am visiting some places and planning to keep looking.
Did you find any good towns? I read 100 Best Small Towns in America- and his criteria were so far from mine that the book wasn't very useful, unfortunately.
Eugene, OR seems to have so many of the things on my list- (bike lanes, transit, liberal, nieghborhood health food stores, community gardens, etc) but jobs are VERY scarce and it is a little bigger of a city than I was thinking of.
Right now we know our neighbors and share tools and stuff - but we still live in a "bedroom community" where people work all over the place and it's the suburbs...ableit an older one with stores nearby.
It is hard for me to think of change but there is this inner drive that is hard to ignore. it says to get things together- times are a-changing.