Good things about the idea are
- building my net worth
- providing a space for me to play with sustainable technologies like solar power, passive cooling, water recycling, and gardening.
- Also provides space for geeky things like home automation
- As I've gotten older my tolerance for noise has decreased so there's also being able to add sound proofing.
- houses in this area are really expensive.
- I'm not fond of heat, and LA is already pretty toasty, a few more years of global warming and LA will be virtually unihabitiable for anyone trying to travel without a car in the summer.
- The combination of population growth, aquifer depletion, industrial and agricultural water pollution, paving over wetlands and forests (which buffer water), and global warming decreasing the snow pack means that water will become increasingly scarse here in LA
- Not to mention the worsening air quality from population growth, increased congestion and a shift toward inefficient SUVs
- also owning a house would make fleeing the country if Bush wins a second election more difficult
- also I worry that if, by some miracle, I met someone who'd be interested in moving in I think it would be harder to adapt to someone moving into a space then having everyone involved adapt to a new space.
The downsides are
However moving to some place like Seattle or Boston is kind of frightening. I have no idea how one goes about relocating to the other side of the country. It took me some time to get a job as interesting and as time flexible as the one I have now.
It seems like the downside list is longer, however the positives list includes a number of things to minimize the problems I'm expecting LA to have.
For instance (in addition to rainwater collection and greywater treatment, capturing the output of a toilet and send it to a solar oven to dehydrate and sterilize the solids, followed by using the water vapor as a source of hydrogen for a fuel cell, should produce drinkable water after combining the hydrogen with some different oxygen. (In fact that's about as purified as I could imagine water getting. To make it actually drinkable you'd probably need to add some mineral content back in).