Friday, February 20, 2009

Toxic Dumping in the Memphis Viewshed

Viewshed is a new favorite word of mine.

I hadn't seen or heard it before this article about an Apple store going in Georgetown.

Like watershed, viewshed makes our visual additions and subtractions socially cumulative decisions, not just one-off bad decisions. Don't pour motor oil in the drain, don't demolish beautiful buildings for parking lots. Don't empty chemicals into rivers, don't clearcut trees.

An individual act will aggregate with a million other individual acts and destroy life.

CCL Label Building Demolition

The greatest pollutant in the Memphis viewshed is suburbanality, which is toxic to both natural and built viewsheds.

SuperUglyFund site in Downtown Memphis

Polluted viewsheds threaten our creative ecosystem.

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Blogger fearlessvk said...

"suburbanality" is such a brilliant word!!!!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Shane said...

I like aggregate.

10:28 AM  

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