In my community of place, Berlin, Connecticut, the amount of houses has greatly increased from the year 2009 to 2015. In 2009 there were a total of 7,742 housing units within the town of Berlin. This number has increased to 8,333 total housing units over the period of 6 years. They continue to take down trees and destroy forests to make room for new houses that people can move into. Due to the continued sprawl happening throughout Berlin, people are moving away from the town’s center and to the outskirts. In order to do this Berlin is unfortunately willing to tear down the forest, destroying the natural capital in the town.
The town has also increased its field space in terms of athletic fields and parks. It is nice for them to increase the amount of fields we have and leaving them as open fields instead of turning the open spaces into big buildings for manufacturing plants. Letting them stay as parks increases the natural capital of the town and allows residents to spend more time outside.
US Census Bureau (2009). General Housing Characteristics for Town of Berlin, CT. Table QT-H1. Washington, DC.
US Census Bureau (2015). General Housing Characteristics for Town of Berlin, CT. Table QT-51. Washington, DC.