Perhaps all the hype about growth is finally being put into perspective. Economic decline has a way of making us reevaluate many things – most notably in this recent decline we are questioning the growth dogma, our banking system, media and government. Local communities have also begun to play a larger role, not only in our day-to-day lives but in our ways of thinking: local is better. Together we are working on building a sustainable economy from the ground up.
As the too-large-too-exist rule has pointed out, as car companies go belly-up they have brought many areas down with them. Flint, Michigan, once the poster city for the grand American automotive industry has seen its population cut in half. This decline may be the first serious wake-up call that we’ve gotten too big for our britches. More importantly, I hope that we realize that growth may not be the answer.