Sprawl crawl

April 2006 (no, the drought’s not so bad the trees have no leaves).

Clever (perhaps) title, but it’s not a crawl…. According to the Georgia Conservancy:

Georgia ranks 3rd, behind Texas and Florida, in the amount of farm land and open space converted to development.

I not sure if they mean as a percentage of land in the state or sheer number of acres (the truths and subterfuges of statistics…). Either way (and I think it must be the latter), this is scary. Those are all big states, so it’s a massive land area.

Some years ago I tried to get a handle on the impact development has had on archaeological sites here in Georgia, which is particularly rich in prehistoric occupation. Look here if you’re interested. If you’re really interested, there’s a 2005 update (unfortunately, not available online as near as I can tell) by Steve Kowalewski in SGA’s Early Georgia, summarized in this press release.


  1. mouse's moom says:

    I like to at least *think* that I try to have reasoned, balanced opinions about things but, in my book, real estate developers/speculators are just yay-hoos. Greedy ones.

  2. Sammy says:

    Generally, this culture prioritizes wealth, hence people “sacrifice” other priorities (like stewardship of the environment) to achieve some semblance of wealth. Consider the difference if we prioritized humanitarianism, or other values.

  3. mouse's moom says:

    It’ll never happen 😉