Developed Island

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    1. That is fucking gross. Seriously.

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    2. @GorillaMunch: YES! this is what mine looks like too!

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    3. anyone know where this is?
      @Dreth: what’s so gross about this? I think it looks awesome.

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    4. Malé looks right. Very cool.

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    5. <maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=male&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=49.176833,79.101563&ie=UTF8&ll=35.942436,14.358444&spn=0.39581,0.617981&t=h&z=11

      Is that you guys are talking about, because I don’t see it?

      Its gross because its an overcrowded land mass with no possible vegetation.

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    6. In 50 years it’ll be a reef.

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    7. I prefer undeveloped Islands.

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    8. @RSIxidor: not Malta, Malé, capital of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. 1/3 of the population of the tropical Archipelago lives on this island.

      I’m assuming that you’ve bought into the American/modernist notion that the only proper human environment is a SUB-urban one. The land use pattern seen here is much preferable to that one. These people have at least have a shot at a true cultural center (impossible in the sub-urban model), while at the same time giving the rest of the country a chance of preserving pristine tropical beauty. Not knowing the Maldives, I can’t say for sure, but I know if this population were using the standard American land-use pattern, there would be no chance at preserving it elsewhere.

      You need dense cities to preserve nature. Sprawl destroys nature more than paving a few square miles of city does. Chemical treated yards, miles of clogged highways, and empty parking lots for every imaginable human activity are what is necessary for the American ideal of a “healthy” dose of nature in daily life. Walking by a small park in a dense urban environment is healthier than driving by miles of noise-polluted tree lined highways while trying to go about the average routine.

      “Overcrowding” and “density” are not the same thing, though if you grow up only knowing suburbia, it’s hard to see the difference.

      And I see plenty of trees, and a couple large parks, not to mention the beaches (there are more on the other side of the island) All this to enjoy a lively urban life during the week, while taking ferry trips to tropical paradise on the weekend? Sign me up.

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    9. @AustinDav:

      Or you could stop the excessive pointless procreation and avoid this ugly concrete scenario in the first place.

      You do make a good point, throw all the pests in one place, leave the rest untouched, untampered, preserved.

      The problem is that this is just a temporary solution, people always expand, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

      This picture is still disgusting to me.

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    10. @Dreth: A prime example is Venice, Italy.

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