twitches, marja-leena – Glad you liked the post. It was surprisingly easy to assemble – I guess because I’d been mulling over it for two weeks.

Dick – I wondered how well this would resonate with folks from overseas. As far as England goes, I think one of the best things I’ve ever read on this subject (housing subdivisions and planned communities replacing natural habitat) was a novel by George Orwell, Coming Up For Air.