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10 Big Things

Harvey needs new thinking

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1. Harvey is the new bar; from now on it’s warmer and wetter every year.

2. Build only dirt roads in the prairies and forests.

3. Regulate against development in the flood plain

4. Spray paint the ridgelines of the watersheds bright

orange; develop only along them down to the Harvey bar + 4 feet.

5. Build up, not out; use less land for human habitat and go-to places.

6. Build no single family houses in the high places.

7. Grow trees and prairie grass everywhere possible; particularly do this at the watershed ridge lines.

8. Buildings that had water in them should not be occupied anymore; nearby buildings should be elevated.

9. Old paradigm: Open land for development. New paradigm: Use land to sustain life.

10. “The government” is not Other, it is us; We decide on some things together, in different groups around the region, often as the larger group.

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