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At the foot of the mountain, the [national] park ended and suddenly all was squalor again. I was once more struck by this strange compartmentalization that goes on in America - a belief that no commercial activities must be allowed inside the park, but permitting unrestrained development outside, even though the landscape there may be just as outstanding. American has never quite grasped that you can live in a place without making it ugly, that beauty doesn't have to be confined behind fences, as if a national park were a sort of zoo for nature.

Bill Bryson, A Lost Continent



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Aug. 26th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
That's pretty close to something Wendell Berry says--that as soon as you create parks to preserve nature, you've lost the battle. He says it more eloquently, but, yeah.
Aug. 26th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hah! Quote notebook ftw: "The people who want clean air, clear streams, and wild forests, prairies and deserts are the people who no longer have them." Home Economics

"We must not go [to the wilderness] to escape the ugliness and the dangers of the present human economy. We must not let ourselves feel that to go there is to escape." Home Economics
Aug. 30th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I like.
Aug. 29th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
So true.
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