The other day I was driving home. I have recently moved to a Des Moines surburb and live close to an open field.
Getting close to my corner I noticed something was going on.
There were machines in the field. Those machines were not harvesting crops. They were taking down trees and moving the earth.
What had been a field of corn or beans last summer was being turned into a housing development.
This is known as urban sprawl. Valuable farm land is even more valuable as housing lots.
When I moved here this past summer I knew it was only a matter of time before the field close to me would be developed. I had hoped it would not be this soon.
As I write this, the machines have completed their work. It only took a few days.
I was reminded of Joni Mitchell's song Big Yellow Taxi.
They took all the trees
And put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem 'em
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