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Jan. 7th, 2003 | 10:25 am

I keep wondering if I should try and buy a house near work.

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.

    • The downsides are
      • 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.

      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).

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Vicky the Compost Queen

At least look at some houses

from: vixter
date: Jan. 7th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC)

If you find a suitable house, you can go through the pros-cons lists again
but you will be able to put in better guesses about your ability to resell it
should you relocate.

I love having a house. Each year I add another raised bed for gardening
(and plant more stuff in the lawn, but this hasn't been that successful)

Also I know I am living in a pesticide-herbicide free zone. And I have
five compost heaps. Luckily my yard is barely visible to any neighbors.

I would like to do something with greywater, too. Right now I just collected
some of the rainwater and watered the compost with it. I would like to build
a better rainwater collection system. This is probably higher priority for
me than the greywater.

But I do agree that the future of LA seems worse than that of where I live in
the bay area.

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