On Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m., the Community Development Committee of the New Haven Board of Aldermen is holding a public hearing at City Hall (165 Church St.) about a resolution calling for the Downtown Crossing project to honor the City’s commitment to “complete streets.” The resolution is sponsored by Alderman Justin Elicker and supported by Elm City Cycling, the New Haven Safe Streets Coalition, the Urban Design League, the Route 34 Coalition and a large number of other concerned citizens. We believe re-introducing a human scale to our urban landscape is a bioregional issue, and we are supporting efforts to ensure the Downtown Crossing project is done in a responsible way that is environment-friendly, bike-friendly, and climate-friendly. We hope you will come out to this important hearing, and feel free to tell us what you think about Downtown Crossing in the comments below.
What We’re Reading
Bioregional QuotationsFrom "Earthy Loyalty" by Fred Cervin: Unless we personify Earth, we will not be able to repent, will not change enough, or soon enough. The writing is on the wall, stark and terrible. Implacable forces are already in play. The future of our species on this planet is at stake. It’s not just at risk. Don’t say it’s at risk. Disaster is a certainty if we don’t change radically. We are on a runaway train heading toward an abyss. All this is happening because we have forgotten our Mother the Earth. We have no regard for her. We make our most consequential economic decisions without a thought for Earth. We treat her like an inert mass of raw materials or like a sterile desert of no use except as a place to throw our garbage. What we have lost fundamentally is a fresh, lively sense of our own dependence. We think of our relations with Earth as environmentalism— as if Earth were a mere externality, something in need of minimal maintenance—rather than being bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. “Mother Nature” is a tired, worn-out figure of speech, useful only for sentimental greeting cards. The reality is quite different. She is the Goddess, and She will be honored, whether in heartfelt love and respect, or in catastrophe. Those who despise her will pay the price. I say there is now only one way left, one hope for our species: to love Earth. To feel in our hearts that we are a part of Her, what we do to Her we do to ourselves. If you love Earth, you will not fail to evaluate any possible action in light of its effects on the one you love. If you love Earth, then you will vow earth loyalty. This is the one way change can come in time: hundreds of millions vow Earth Loyalty. There is no other way.