As a legal commodity, land is controlled and subject to various ownership rights and remedies. At both the human and regulatory scales, land is used, accessed, settled as places called villages, towns and cities. In these places, human stories are told, belief systems flourish and codifications emerge about the relationship between land use and the common good.
This week, we are visiting places of first principles, where biblical tenets, Crusades and conflict merge with the familiar balance of modern sprawl, density and urbanism.
As Seattle and peer cities struggle with how best to wed transportation modes and land use, battle lines form over what modes of transportation should be prioritized and the “who gets and who pays” of public infrastructure provision, consider the same debates against the backdrop of the fundamental human history and a seemingly never-ending search for conflict resolution.