I started this blog about a year ago. It started, like many blogs, as a therapeutic exercise. I needed an outlet. Now, I feel it is time to think about the central mission of this blog. It’s written right under the banner:”Dedicated to a sustainable Indianapolis.” With gas prices continuing to rise, it is starting to bring food prices along with them. Investment Banker Matt Simmons on the CNBC show Fast Money believes we’re still on the upslope with regards to the price of oil. The questions are many:
- Is it already too late for Indianapolis? Are we just too spread out, and too car dependent, to adequately deal with a coming oil price surge, or even gas rationing?
- What can be done to lessen the blow this city is poised to take, as people have to choose between filling their gas tank and buying food?
- Most depressingly for our city’s sake: is “going rural” the only truly sustainable option? Will we just have to abandon the city and live communally?
On a somewhat separate subject, I have realized that I have to come forward with a proposal. I will always readily admit that I’m no economist, nor businessman, nor urban planner, nor architect. I work in Geographic Information Systems. So that goes towards another goal of this blog: to reach out to experts and seek their researched opinions. Reading a technical blog like the Oil Drum, and then reading this one makes me feel pretty meek in comparison. There are several readers here who could make killer posts. I do not want to dominate the conversation. So, see this post as an invitation for contributers to the front page of the blog.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the conversation so far. This has been quite the learning experience.