Hillside Development Scar

  • Human Nature Writ Large. The iconic foothills that background the City of Ventura need saving both for biodiversity preservation, environmental health, and human recreation. The narrow strip just behind the housing zone got ripped open by a landowner who would rather serve his own desires than the community’s needs. That’s somebody else’s house in the foreground, now troubled by the threat of erosion and debris flow. The police showed up; he had his property rights. Gouging the land may be a form of claiming it with our human signature, the bulldozer an unmistakable and indelible stylus.