Re "New growth patterns needed for new economy" (Viewpoints, Nov. 14):
What kind of new development patterns do we need? We need development that will allow us to kick our fossil fuel addiction. We don't need large dense cities and we don't need suburban sprawl, we need new, traditional alternatives.
Compact villages and small towns, surrounded by greenbelt and farmland, offer the most cost-effective and livable infrastructure solutions to replace all the pavement that now smothers so much formerly fertile farmland. This kind of human-scale development will simply remove the need for motor vehicles of all kinds, because houses and workplaces will be nearby or even in the same building.
We need an economy that revives traditional, pre-fossil-fuel land use patterns - here's how: http://bio-paradigm.blogspot.com/. These patterns can well support happy and comfortable lives; deprivation is quite avoidable if elected officials and businessmen can liberate themselves from business as usual.
-- Muriel Strand, Sacramento