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Re: Anti-gentrification
« on: December 09, 2022, 06:53:34 pm »

For more than a century, golfers at a course in central Ohio have navigated ancient Native American earthworks built to measure the movement of the sun and the moon through the heavens. Now it’s the country club’s days there that are numbered.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the state’s historical society, which owns the land, can use eminent domain to expel the club and create a public park in an attempt to gain recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While getting rid of golf courses is always a good thing, I am not particularly supportive of the above line of reasoning used to do so, as it would seem to imply that other golf courses not built over such sites can stay. We should be calling for erasing ALL golf courses, and our reasoning should be environmentalist:

Few things make me angrier than poorly purposed land. Land, for instance, that could be affordable housing, a community farm, a public park or a natural habitat, but instead has been converted into a massive board game that functions more as a status symbol than as a form of entertainment.

There are almost 40,000 golf courses in the world. They sit there, using 26 times the amount of space per player as a football field - while providing far less value to the global community.
Over 9 billion litres of water are wasted in the US each year to maintain the appearance of golf courses. In Thailand a single golf course uses as much water as 60,000 rural villagers, just so rich tourists can play the same game they play at home but with a Mai Tai.

Courses dump often unregulated fertilisers and pesticides on their greenways to keep the grass looking unnaturally green. The fertilisers run off into bodies of water, causing a state of nutrient over-enrichment called eutrophication which results in algal blooms that destroy ecosystems. The pesticides run off into water, seep into the soil, or are carried by wind into other ecosystems where they wreak havoc on existing species.

For perspective, 98 per cent of insecticides and 95 per cent of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species. While pesticides can be necessary in agricultural production, their usage to maintain the aesthetic appeal of a game is undeniably reckless.

or direct anti-gentrificationist:

The plague of golf courses playing havoc with our environment is our fault. Which is why I feel such a strong obligation to the public to see this “sport” eradicated.

Golf arrived in the US as a sport for the rich coastal elites, but after World War II when (white) people moved en masse to the new suburbs, golf followed.

Technological progress, advances in medicine and a booming post-war economy meant people were living longer, making more money, and retiring younger. For decades golf had been the game of elites, and the emerging white middle class who suddenly owned land and cars and had leisure time wanted to feel rich - so they golfed.
The game that exploded in popularity as a symbol of middle class success now symbolises waste, excess, and inequality. Golf is quite literally a waste of space. People are homeless and hungry in the same cities where a privileged few whack little balls across the land that could house and feed thousands.

Golf celebrates the wastage of resources and degradation of nature for the benefit of the select few who can afford it.

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