We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
This op-ed by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen may help us think about this problem. Like the good sociologists they are, they offer no answers but help us frame the questions.
Cameron’s Broken Windows - NYTimes.com