Unsustainable

Hopefully the architect made it so DJ can get everywhere in his absurd house by turning right, since we all know he can't go to his…eh, forget it.  Cheap joke.

Personally, we think Derek should have gone for one of these.

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  • The funniest part of that article is the “no woman is going to move into a 31,000 square foot house”…
    hahahahahahahahaha
    That’s freaking funny. Who wrote that – the guy with the 40,000 square foot house? I’m pretty sure DJ can find a woman to move in without decorating input.
    Why not build in this economy? It’s a good thing: He’s employing people, giving the town huge tax dollars, and clearly putting into the local economy as well.
    What a crap author.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 8:59 am
  • Why not build in this economy?
    That’s a reasonable question, and should not be confused with the question “why build THIS?”.

    SF March 24, 2009, 9:09 am
  • Rob March 24, 2009, 9:23 am
  • Yeah, with housing prices tanking and construction costs plummeting, this is actually the perfect time to build — get that contract signed before the stimulus funds drive up the costs again.
    Cheap joke.
    It may be inexpensive, but that’s because it’s so dang popular.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 9:36 am
  • Yeah, with housing prices tanking and construction costs plummeting, this is actually the perfect time to build — get that contract signed before the stimulus funds drive up the costs again.
    Again, issue missed. The point is not to criticize building, but rather the excess of the building.
    Anyone who needs a new car should buy a fully-loaded Hummer, I suppose, according to Brad and Paul: they cost more, use more stuff. Therefore: good! So consumption is good, regardless of the type or responsibility of said consumption. Aargh.

    SF March 24, 2009, 9:51 am
  • calm down, Noam. Who the hell am I to dispute how and where DJ spends his money? What’s right for you or me isn’t always going to be right for everyone else, thus the freedom to spend the money he earned on whatever he wants to spend it on. At least for now, he is still afforded that right, and it’s not our business when it comes down to it. Who am I to judge if someone wants s a hummer? Am I agaist such a machine? Sure – but it’s not my place to pass that feeling off on someone else.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 10:06 am
  • calm down, Noam.
    Hilarious.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 10:11 am
  • Maybe DJ should donate all his money to charity, move into a geothermal shoebox in the Arizona desert, get some Birks, hang out at Starbucks all day and talk about how horrible capitalism is for everyone and stealing quotes from morons like David McNally?
    I kid of course, but really, it’s not my place to pass judgement on him for what he wants to live in. If, in fact, I lived in North Korea, I’d pass judgement on him.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 10:12 am
  • Who the hell am I to dispute how and where DJ spends his money? What’s right for you or me isn’t always going to be right for everyone else, thus the freedom to spend the money he earned on whatever he wants to spend it on.
    *Nod*
    As someone who works for a company somewhat in the construction industry, I’m happy to see him build. Right now consumer confidence is non-existent, and we NEED people* spending money.
    *By “people” I do not mean “government”

    Atheose March 24, 2009, 10:53 am
  • I for one did not say anything about whether Jeter’s house is excessive (of course it is!), just that if you’re going to build a house, now is the time. I wasn’t really missing the issue so much as sidestepping it.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 11:10 am
  • By “people” I do not mean “government”
    Too bad “people” aren’t actually spending the money. The last time “government” chose to let the “people” spend their way out of a recession was 1929. That didn’t work out so well.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 11:12 am
  • How long before we see a libertarian re-alignment in this country? Social libertarians with economic libertarians with foreign policy libertarians? The amazing thing to me is that it’s more likely to come from the left moderating than the right moderating.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 11:14 am
  • If you’re in construction, you better learn to hold your nose and hug Uncle Sam tight for the next few years…

    Rob March 24, 2009, 11:16 am
  • So much for social responsibility.
    Derek has every right to spend his money in whatever way he wants, that isn’t the argument or the point. Being socially responsible and spending money freely have never been mutually exclusive. Why shouldn’t we expect those with means to spend wisely and responsibly? Why does that seem like such an offensive idea?
    Building a 30K square foot house is irresponsible, and nobody is arguing that he doesn’t have the right to be entirely irresponsible. But irresponsible it is, on many levels, almost inarguably.

    SF March 24, 2009, 11:23 am
  • If you’re in construction, you better learn to hold your nose and hug Uncle Sam tight for the next few years…
    Nope, we’ve cut jobs left and right and we’re at the level we need to be at. Ferguson Enterprises deals with a lot of construction materials, but we’re broad enough that we’re surviving despite the dead housing market. Now that we’ve right-sized the company with regards to costs we’re actually doing alright.

    Atheose March 24, 2009, 11:52 am
  • Building a 30K square foot house is irresponsible, and nobody is arguing that he doesn’t have the right to be entirely irresponsible. But irresponsible it is, on many levels, almost inarguably.
    On what level is it irresponsible? It’s well within his affordability, and the money is going to hard-working people that are dying to get some construction jobs. The house reportedly cost 7.7 million, which is 38.5% of his yearly income. What percentage of your yearly income do you spend on your house, SF? Probably more than 100%.
    My car cost me $18,000, which is pretty much exactly 33% of my yearly income. Am I wasteful? That’s almost as much as Jeter is paying for his, and that’s a fricken house.
    Right now most of that 7.7 million is going to the construction workers, the various other contractors involved, and the architect (aren’t you one, SF?). If that’s “irresponsible”, then how should he have spent the money responsibly? Putting it sit in a high-interest savings account? Blowing it during a weekend in Vegas? Buying Joba Chamberlain his personal Red Lobster?
    I understand how spending a lot of money in this economy is frowned upon, but I don’t see how it’s “irresponsible”.

    Atheose March 24, 2009, 12:08 pm
  • Being socially responsible and spending money freely have never been mutually exclusive
    ________________________________
    This is a completely arbitrary statement. The fact that you have a car and a nice home at all could be considered socially irresponsible in several parts of the world. What one spends or considers responsible is relative. I’m sure what Derek is spending on his mansion is relatively the same as you spend on your mortgage when taken into percentage terms.
    This argument of social responsibility is only valid if every part of the said society is equal, and it’s not, nor should it ever be. What incentive is there to work hard or buy nice things when one is ridiculed for being “irresponsible” for doing so, SF? Did you eat a couple meals yesterday? How about sleep in a comfortable bed or have an extra slice of pizza lately? All of those things are rights you have, and could be considered lavish and over the top by much of the world. We all like to have things we don’t need. In fact, this morning, while driving my truck, I stopped and had a nice breakfast at Dennys. Is it socially irresponsible? I didn’t need it, but it sure was nice to have.
    There are many things in this society I don’t agree with at all, but as little as I like the idea of these things, I dislike the idea that I have the right to dictate what’s correct or incorrect for someone else, be it morally or socially even less!
    Congratulations to Jeter for being in a position to afford himself this – it’s a staple of Americana – work hard, be rewarded for it in any way you see fit.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 12:12 pm
  • Atheose, we double crossed there. Didn’t mean to do that.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 12:13 pm
  • Rob, your point is valid.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 12:24 pm
  • A home for one person of that scale is beyond inefficient. It is ecologically irresponsible, from a carbon footprint standpoint. It is the opposite of sustainable, from a density standpoint. It is wasteful, from a materials standpoint. His personal income is absolutely irrelevant to whether or not the house is efficient or “responsible”. The embedded energy in that home is preposterous, it is a harmful example of architecture and how to live. This is not a question of taste or of personal freedoms, the right to do what one chooses or wants – this is not the argument. It is about a sense of responsibility to the environment and the natural resources of our world. A 30,000sf domicile for effectively one person exhibits no sense of either.
    See the title of the post for what I am discussing.

    SF March 24, 2009, 12:42 pm
  • Well, then: Having a car and living in NYC is irresponsible.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 12:52 pm
  • I’ll add San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago to that list. Trains, buses, bikes, and feet for everyone! Outlaw irresponsible cars for urban folks who have an alternative.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 12:57 pm
  • If humans ever move away from a gilded age mentality, even for a short time, professional athletes will be the very last group to abandon it. It may be tacky, or even offensive, but what it isn’t is surprising.
    I was unfamiliar with the Davis Islands so I google-mapped it. I hope they’ve got a good levee system!

    FenSheaParkway March 24, 2009, 1:41 pm
  • SF, if that is truly your argument, then I agree. However, the universe has a strage way of unfolding as it should (Harold and Kumar).

    Brad March 24, 2009, 2:03 pm
  • Jeter can spend his money in any ridiculous way he wants to. Yes, it is ridiculous and deserves ridicule. Employing some hackneyed moral relativism to equate his grandiose and irresponsible investment to the decisions of any person of median income in any city is also ridiculous.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 2:07 pm
  • Also, we’re not really sure about Jeter’s plans on this house. He could be building with completely recycled materials, utilizing solar power, installing the most energy effecient furnaces and generators, and making use of the greenest materials available to him. The size of the house is an argement that could be very well offset by Jeter’s choice of materials which he’s building with. It could, after all, be very environmentally friendly and we just don’t know. Jumping to the conclusion that it’s irresponsible because of the size is no differnt than failing to recognize the “hybrid” sticker on the back of my neighbors Suburban.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 2:08 pm
  • The size of the house is an argement that could be very well offset by Jeter’s choice of materials which he’s building with
    If Jeter is using solar panels, wind power, chose his site wisely, is addressing issues of run-off, has radiant floor heating or highly efficient boilers and clean ventilation, maybe has no air conditioning at all, is deploying grey water systems, sourcing all materials locally, disposing of all waste responsibly and tactically, and like 42 other things, then maybe he’s mitigating the irresponsibility. But he would probably just be mitigating it, not overcoming it. That would be totally laudable, but it would be like putting a band aid on an rather sizable knife wound. The best large-scale sustainable developments are typically part of larger planning efforts, relate to infrastructure, or are urban and also denser. Private houses, of this scale, are inherently inefficient. With one resident they are comically inefficient.
    FYI, a link to LEED home ratings checklist (though LEED isn’t always the best way to understand sustainability either).
    http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=2267
    SF, if that is truly your argument, then I agree.
    It is and has been my argument, hence the second link in the post and the title.

    SF March 24, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Employing some hackneyed moral relativism to equate his grandiose and irresponsible investment to the decisions of any person of median income in any city is also ridiculous.
    As Brad nicely pointed out, the cost of Jeter’s home, relative to his yearly salary, is equivalent to the cost of a car relative to a median salary of most New Yorkers. Their luxury in owning a car is no different than his in owning this house. The problem with the comparison is that Jeter’s irresponsibility is a pimple on the ass of environmental morality especially compared to all of those unnecessary NYC drivers.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 2:34 pm
  • Even if Jeter uses all these green items in his home, it’s still problematic because those items could have been used in three other homes rather than in one huge one for a single guy with no kids (that we know of) who could never practically use all the space (except through means that are likely also to be wasteful).
    Hey it’s his money. But it is excessive. He’s using the mansion as a status symbol. Let’s not pretend it’s anything else.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 2:35 pm
  • @ Rob:
    So your argument is it’s OK because other people do it and relative to their incomes they’re actually worse offenders?
    I would guess that Jeter views himself as a role model — despite his many actions that are not at all the way I would want my children to live their lives. So perhaps he should set an example for all those New Yorkers and lead the charge for environmental awareness. He’s got the money to make a difference.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 2:38 pm
  • Hey it’s his money. But it is excessive. He’s using the mansion as a status symbol. Let’s not pretend it’s anything else
    Substitute car for mansion and it’s the same argument.
    So your argument is it’s OK because other people do it and relative to their incomes they’re actually worse offenders?
    In terms of carbon footprints, the cars are much, much worse than one house like that – or even a thousand. There are over 8 million people in NYC. Even if only a vast minority have cars the damage to the environment AND public health is so much worse.
    This thread is like the GOP’s argument against pork. Railing against a minor problem while completely ignoring the much bigger problems.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 2:45 pm
  • Brad, I’m not down with hybrids. Doesn’t make sense regarding the privilege-heavy up-front costs for the vehicles and battery footprint. Plus, they frankly suck right now. Give me my 30-year-old motorbike with dino juice for economical scoots.
    Jeter wants to build a 30k sq.ft. house. Okay, I won’t be that jackass that would say his choice should be legislated out of existence. But the scale doesn’t rectify, on any level. It’s ludicrous to try to make it sound reasonable.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • Local (i.e., town and city) laws could certainly control the size of the home. But why when they can reap the benefits of the taxes?

    Rob March 24, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • LOL. Derek Jeter is capable of triggering heated fan debate on the most tangential and complex of topics, completely unrelated to baseball.
    That’s another one of The Captain’s many intangibles!

    SoxFan March 24, 2009, 2:54 pm
  • It’s ludicrous to try to make it sound reasonable.
    Who was making it sound reasonable?
    Still, relative to his salary it’s exceedingly reasonable. That’s where I thought the car analogy was brilliant. It works exactly because both expenditures are reasonable in the proper context. Problem is, one is so much worse for the planet.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 2:55 pm
  • Even if Jeter uses all these green items in his home, it’s still problematic because those items could have been used in three other homes rather than in one huge one for a single guy with no kids
    _______________________________
    So, he’s pretty much fu$ked no matter what? If he wants a big house, and has worked hard to afford it, then takes into account the environmental issue that comes along with such a grand structure, he’s still in the wrong? Because he wants a big house, he’s suddenly the bad guy? Should he go ahead and build the other three houses for those people? Just consider it a handout for them on his behalf?
    We are ALL irresponsible on some level, and not a single freaking one of us is free to point fingers at anyone. Who’s had a hamburger lately? Taken a ride when they could have walked? Watched our wives use some sort of hair product probably tested on animals and cost WAY too much? Taken a shower more than once week? Bought something we didn’t need in any way shape or form? Turned the heat up just a tad because our kids just can’t make it at 60 degrees?
    Nobody on here is even close to perfect. SF and YF got in a car, and drove all over the place recruiting people to vote for B.H.O., right? Couldn’t you just have called? What about that footprint they left all over the highways and backroads when you thought it pertinent to post pictures of the trailer park you visited?
    Don’t cast stones when you commit the same offenses on a regular basis – if even on a much smaller basis. If someone gave you 20million a year for the next however many years, something tells me you wouldn’d drive or live in the same things you do now.
    I wouldn’t.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 3:00 pm
  • Brad = sage.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:03 pm
  • > Substitute car for mansion and it’s the same argument.
    No, it is no way the same argument except in some sort of responsibility-shifting moral relativism.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 3:04 pm
  • Who was making it sound reasonable?
    Still, relative to his salary it’s exceedingly reasonable.

    Har. 30,000 square feet for one person: Not reasonable, regardless of salary, unless he has plans for a foster home he’s keeping under wraps.
    Discussing automobiles is a red herring. I’ve yet to see where anyone has said it’s OK to own a car when circumstances make owning one unnecessary. And, for the record, word is Jeter drives this.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 3:05 pm
  • AG,
    I wasn’t arguing the pros/cons of the hybrid vehicle. Trust me. I drive a full size 4×4 pickup truck with a bunch of fishing poles and compound bow in the back of it. I’m also an environmental chemist. I know the drawbacks to the hybrid vehicle all too well, but I also realize that most folks do not, and their intentions are nothing but the best when they purchase such vehicles. Most people really are trying to better their surroundings (or get the tax break) when they buy these cars.
    Give me the bike too, man.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 3:06 pm
  • Rob, I’m sorry but I’m not following you, man.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 3:07 pm
  • Who’s had a hamburger lately?
    I haven’t.
    Taken a ride when they could have walked?
    I haven’t.
    Watched our wives use some sort of hair product probably tested on animals and cost WAY too much?
    I haven’t.
    Taken a shower more than once week?
    Ok, you got me.
    Bought something we didn’t need in any way shape or form? It’s been a while. I’m poor.
    Turned the heat up just a tad because our kids just can’t make it at 60 degrees? It hasn’t been cold here pretty much all winter.
    Look, I get what you’re saying, even though the argument is tangential to SF’s point and is essentially irrelevant. Could we all do better? Sure. But there’s a big difference between living in a house a little bigger than you need because you’ve got more money, and living in 30,000 freaking square feet. You make it sound like Jeter can finally live the dream after years of living in a shack. This is simply untrue, never mind ludicrous. What hole is he living in now that 30,000 square feet is justifiable?

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 3:11 pm
  • > Because he wants a big house, he’s suddenly the bad guy?
    Brad, no, he’s not a bad guy, he is just spending his money.
    I appreciate your point about individual RESPONSIBILITY, and judgment about REALISTIC decisions. Does it truly apply to his choice?

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 3:11 pm
  • > the cost of Jeter’s home, relative to his yearly salary, is equivalent to the cost of a car relative to a median salary of most New Yorkers. Their luxury in owning a car is no different than his in owning this house.
    Your math is fundamentally broken.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 3:15 pm
  • Communes for everyone! More efficient and more affordable!

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:16 pm
  • Is this conflation of personal and public responsibility intentional, or do people not understand that we can debate whether it’s right for someone to do something while acknowledging that it is fundamentally his right to do what he pleases with his money?
    It seems like this should not be a source of much disagreement. He unquestionably has the right to build whatever house he likes. It is also unquestionably excessive and irresponsible. I don’t see what cars or mountain bikes or riding goats to work in the morning (all that feces really messes with the ozone layer) has to do with that.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 3:20 pm
  • Brad, I’m completely with you but I’m hammering the faulty logic of the commies. To them a huge house is a waste of resources and a drain on the planet. But they’re ignoring all the day-to-day luxuries that are far more harmful.
    The house is an easy target but it’s a very, very, very minor one. By contrast, highlighting the use of cars in a city that doesn’t need them forces the commies to point the finger back at themselves.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:23 pm
  • geez. some of us would probably give him a hard time about spending a little more on Valtrex Extra when he could have opted for the generic brand. i can hear it now… “the current economic conditions have forced most to use a 7 day cream, but DJ spends willy nilly on a 3 day-er”.
    the man just can’t win.

    sf rod March 24, 2009, 3:24 pm
  • Your math is fundamentally broken.
    Heh. Prove it.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • But there’s a big difference between living in a house a little bigger than you need because you’ve got more money, and living in 30,000 freaking square feet.
    Sure, like the big difference between driving all by yourself and standing on a cramped train or bus.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:28 pm
  • I’m completely with you but I’m hammering the faulty logic of the commies.
    Oh my bad, I thought we were having a big-boy conversation.
    I guess when Rob enters a conversation, disagreement is no longer allowed.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 3:29 pm
  • Paul, I get what you’re saying, and I’ve said throughout this thread that I agree that the house is environmentally irresponsible, but I can’t get on board with a witch hunt when we all make mistakes. My comparisons aren’t irrelevant, just on a smaller scale. We all make choices, and apparently, you’re very dedicated to those you’ve made, but most are not. Most like to talk much more than they like to do. Like campaigning about the environment and fuel dependency before boarding the jet to the next campaign spot to talk about the same issues. Granted, that’s a stretch, but you know exactly what I’m saying. Everyone has something to say about someone else and how they are doing something wrong.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 3:31 pm
  • Disagree all you want. It doesn’t make you right. And I didn’t start with snark. See above.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:31 pm
  • Okay, Rob: I’m not going to call anyone a commie. The fact remains that everyone has views of what’s right and what is wrong, and my name isn’t McCarthy. Everyone has the right, for now anyhow, to say and do whatever they feel appropriate. I’ll leave name calling and accusatory terms to the democrats, just as you should. While I completely understand your connections, I think it’s best if we avoid that road altogether. Most liberals, regardless the length of rope their hanging themselves with, are offended a great deal with the comparison you’ve made.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 3:37 pm
  • It is also unquestionably excessive and irresponsible.
    So is owning a car in a city that has extensive public transportation. The car, by itself, is harmful. So is its effect on public health.
    If you can’t see the analogue then it’s time to go back to square one.
    1. Add up the carbon footprint of 800,000 cars in NYC (1% of the population is probably ultraconservative).
    2. Then add up the carbon footprint of all of the 30k sq ft homes in the country.
    3. Compare and contrast.
    Who wants to bet $100 that #1 is greater than #2?

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:38 pm
  • Each 30,000 foot home has a greater carbon footprint than each car. There are far fewer large homes than vehicles. Therefore, Jeter’s addition is actually much worse by percentage than the purchase of a single car.
    Question: How many cars = the carbon footprint of a 30,000 sq-ft house, taking into account the amount of diesel burned by the equipment used to clear the land and erect the structure?

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 3:42 pm
  • And, seriously Paul? No hamburgers? I can’t even imagine. In no world can I imagine not having a hamburger.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 3:42 pm
  • You’re right again Brad. I’m sorry if anyone was offended by the label. Still, complaining about one house is pretty silly especially since we do have local laws in this democratic country that already restrict such things. If people really want to get fired up, put your car where your mouth is. It’s unquestionably excessive and irresponsible to own a car if you live in NYC.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:43 pm
  • > I’m not going to call anyone {something}…
    Brad, you are right; there is no need to label anyone.
    > the carbon footprint of 800,000 cars
    ….
    > the carbon footprint of all of the 30k sq ft homes
    Seriously?

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 3:50 pm
  • A regualar Catepillar D7 will burn about 90 gallons of dieslel fuel in a eight hour shift. Multiply that by the two weeks that it takes to clear even the largest section of land is equal to 900 gallons.
    Half of that amount is burned by the backhoe digging the footers and other misc. work in the same time. Generators and air compressors burn through quite a bit of regular gas, so we’ll say 1000 gallons for the 6 months to build this thing.
    Even if we say 5000 gallons all together with scags, trucks and other equiptment, it doesn’t take many vehicles to burn throught that much, which in it’s own right is pretty sad. I get what you’re saying but the argument isn’t good either way. Both are bad, but again, I drive a truck, so who am I to point fingers.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 3:51 pm
  • Seriously?
    Deadly.
    Take a shot. It’s not like I’m going to say your math is fundamentally broken or anything.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:54 pm
  • Well if you want to count the fossil fuels used to build the houses, then you also have to count those used to build the cars and transport them to their final destination.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 3:58 pm
  • Absolutely, but cars are manufactured on an assembly line and transported in bulk; houses like this are built individually, and all the emissions are as a result of the decision to purchase and build this structure — worse even than a big house in a subdivision where the contractor at least is using an economy of scale.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 4:06 pm
  • Wow. This is ridiculous, and since I started the thread I guess I am to blame. Let’s get this straight:
    30,000 square foot houses for a single occupant are not ideal sustainable development, whether the person make 200 bucks a year and is placed in the house by a benevolent sugar daddy or whether they built it themselves with their hard-earned money. Income relativity matters little.
    The point is that this type of development should be discouraged. It is socially irresponsible. It doesn’t make Derek Jeter an immoral person, or a dick, or an asshole, or anything like this. It is his right to spend his own money the way he wants. But as a practicing architect, and one who is neither a dirty hemp-wearing hippie who thinks we should live in earthworked hobbit holes with solar collectors nor someone who would ever work for Dick Cheney, it matters to me that we all try understand why this kind of development should be discouraged and not get into some downward spiral about income relativity, which glosses over the real issue of personal responsibility. And yes, wasteful car usage should be discouraged too (as a car owner in NYC I am hardly perfect on this front, but then I have two kids and family within 200 miles both north and south and like to visit and my wife and I have work travel that doesn’t sometimes lend itself to public transit – which I use on days I don’t walk to work, etc. etc.), along with a lot of other things. Not everyone is an ideal actor, but there’s nothing worse than burying one’s head in the sand and chalking it up to the American Way.

    SF March 24, 2009, 4:12 pm
  • > It’s not like I’m going to say your math is fundamentally broken or anything.
    That’s because I didn’t try to defend luxury mansions by equating it to a (pick any) number of cars whose carbon footprint is greater than the number of houses > 30k sqft and think it an enlightened or RELEVANT point.
    I’ll defend luxury mansions by saying it’s the money-holder’s right to spend it how they will.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 4:17 pm
  • Funniest thing SF has ever said right there.

    Brad March 24, 2009, 4:21 pm
  • Not everyone is an ideal actor, but there’s nothing worse than burying one’s head in the sand and chalking it up to the American Way.
    To me, there’s nothing worse than rationalizing away our own “misdeeds” while calling out others for theirs.
    If everyone in only NYC gave up their cars (or were forced to) the benefit for society and the planet would be immense. Jeter downsizing to a 10k sq ft home wouldn’t even be a hair off the dog.
    We already have laws in this country to restrict home sizes. Nothing needs to change there so public ridicule accomplishes nothing. By contrast, has even one U.S. city enacted legislation to tax cars entering like London has done?

    Rob March 24, 2009, 4:22 pm
  • I’ll defend luxury mansions by saying it’s the money-holder’s right to spend it how they will.
    Hmmm, then you’ve completely missed the point of the post and this thread. The disagreement was never about freedom in personal choices. It’s about personal responsibility. Big, big difference. And there, we should absolutely, as a society, be more worried about the carbon footprint of cars in a city that doesn’t need them than big houses built by people who can afford them.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 4:26 pm
  • And there, we should absolutely, as a society, be more worried about the carbon footprint of cars in a city that doesn’t need them than big houses built by people who can afford them.
    No, we should be worried about both these things. This isn’t black and white, and that’s what Gerb and I seem to be fighting here, the idea that all of one thing is bad or worse than all of another thing. This is reductive and not that useful.
    Let’s put it this way: I have designed an insanely responsible house (in the link above), but I have also designed a luxury condominium building, and also a third home for someone who travels incessantly. So my own practice is rife with these kind of moral ambiguities. But that doesn’t mean our aspirations should be lowered, or that we shouldn’t try to educate ourselves (and our clients) on what is more responsible.

    SF March 24, 2009, 4:35 pm
  • More to the point: Let’s say we had a cap and trade system. Does any one doubt that Jeter would still build the same exact home and pay all of the utility bills? Would he really care if he had to pay “extra” for that privilege (even as he already does based on his tax bracket). If he wants to pay to pollute, that’s his right.
    Same deal with congestion pricing. Except that doesn’t exist in this country.
    Actions speak louder than words. You would at least be consistent if you refused to design irresponsible buildings. But I don’t expect that from any one. Give up you car instead. Then agitate for your neighbors to do the same.
    It’s not black or white. But there is bigger and smaller. Cars in NYC is a huge burden on the rest of the globe.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 4:41 pm
  • This isn’t black and white, and that’s what Gerb and I seem to be fighting here, the idea that all of one thing is bad or worse than all of another thing.
    Actually the comparison was all of the huge houses in the country versus a small fraction of cars in a city.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 4:44 pm
  • No, we should be worried about both these things.
    Where did I say we shouldn’t be worried about both? But complaining about a pimple on an ass is very different from ignoring the explosive diarrhea.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 4:47 pm
  • > you’ve completely missed the point of the post and this thread
    No, I didn’t, and I did not try to controvert the point. This thread was about a grandiose personal decision. It’s his choice. It’s also ludicrous. The thread was not about world-view economics.
    > be more worried about the carbon footprint of cars in a city
    That “worry” (which is not the word I would choose) happens all the time by way of evolving emissions controls, mandated material cost in the form of state vehicular inspection/registration, progressive road fees, real estate valuation/taxation leading to accelerated costs to rent square footage for the purpose of parking a vehicle, federal measures that increase the cost of real goods transport such as TWIC and other DOT mandates, and the huge, incomprehensible construct that is the petroleum/ethanol industry with its tentacles completely interwoven with conglomerate agricultural interests.
    Also, “congestion pricing” does exist. It’s just not labeled as such.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 4:54 pm
  • This thread is a disgrace.

    YF March 24, 2009, 4:56 pm
  • This thread was about a grandiose personal decision. It’s his choice. It’s also ludicrous.
    That’s all op-ed and without any facts or even an attempt to get at them. Given what we pay professional athletes, nothing they spend their money on surprises me nor leads me to tsk, tsk them. That’s why I linked to that SI article.
    Also, “congestion pricing” does exist. It’s just not labeled as such.
    Where?

    Rob March 24, 2009, 5:01 pm
  • > ignoring the explosive diarrhea.
    It is not ignored. It is an incredibly complex problem with myriad measures constantly mutating to deal with “it.”

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 5:02 pm
  • What do you really think, YF?

    SF March 24, 2009, 5:05 pm
  • It is an incredibly complex problem with myriad measures constantly mutating to deal with “it.”
    Really? What have NYC residents been asked to do (or pay) to help mitigate their carbon footprint?
    Also, the title of the post is “Unsustainable”. That’s not a reflection on a personal decision but rather a forced case study of a supposed larger problem. Except, that “problem” is comparatively small in the grand scope of things.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 5:06 pm
  • Sorry SF, I was thinking purely from an economical standpoint, not environmental. Jeter’s environmental footprint is certainly ridiculous.

    Atheose March 24, 2009, 5:06 pm
  • > Where?
    In every progressive transportation levy, bond measure, and taxation that may or may not be visible to the average commuter that occurs within every municipality, to veer completely off-the-topic.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 5:16 pm
  • Exhibit A for the self-aggrandizing moralization I can’t stand.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 5:17 pm
  • In every progressive transportation levy, bond measure, and taxation that may or may not be visible to the average commuter that occurs within every municipality, to veer completely off-the-topic.
    Are you being purposefully ignorant and combative? That’s not even close to congestion pricing. It’s not an unequal burden paid by those who pollute more. Those measures are shared almost equally by all taxpayers (ignoring progressive taxation).
    By contrast, congestion pricing is simply a way to limit pollutants by placing a market value on them. I know of no municipality in the US that gives people that voluntary opportunity to pay for the carbon footprint they’re creating. Bloomberg tried, but NYC’s residents failed completely to support the initiative out of their own self-interest.
    The gas tax could be used similarly. But it’s not.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 5:24 pm
  • but NYC’s residents failed completely to support the initiative out of their own self-interest
    This is not true. The measure died at the STATE level. Get your facts right, at least. This is just utterly, 100% wrong. It was passed by the City and then held up when the Assembly in ALBANY sat on it and the City couldn’t get funds allotted to it by the Feds. You are just completely wrong on this one.

    SF March 24, 2009, 5:26 pm
  • The measure died at the STATE level.
    Of course it did. But if the most liberal and eco-friendly part of the state wasn’t working hard for it, of course it was going to fail. Did you pressure your representatives and canvass your neighbors to do the same?
    Bloomberg tried. He had little to no local support.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 5:29 pm
  • To me, there’s nothing worse than rationalizing away our own “misdeeds” while calling out others for theirs.
    Much better to rationalize a famous person’s misdeeds by calling out others for theirs.
    This thread is a disgrace.
    That was almost as productive as Rob’s “commies” comment.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 5:31 pm
  • > Exhibit A for the self-aggrandizing moralization I can’t stand.
    Okay, counselor.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 5:35 pm
  • It sounds like I actually did miss SF’s point. I thought we were on the same page in saying Jeter’s choice was a lot closer to immoral than something that should be illegal. It turns out, if I read it right, that he’d rather it be illegal, and I wouldn’t support regulation like that.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 5:36 pm
  • Bloomberg tried. He had little to no local support.
    So much for representative democracy. Where are the pitchforks?

    SF March 24, 2009, 5:36 pm
  • that he’d rather it be illegal, and I wouldn’t support regulation like that
    Uh, where did I say that?

    SF March 24, 2009, 5:37 pm
  • i think it best to close down the thread rather than to have it be commandeered by so many willfully disrespectful and ignorant comments. it seems to me pointless to engage in a debate so ridiculous as to shift from the issues involved with large scale residential development in florida to the carbon footprint of nyc. i find many of the comments here–especially those about me being a “commie” and otherwise mischaracterizations of nyers–to be outright insulting.

    YF March 24, 2009, 5:38 pm
  • I took that from this point:
    The point is that this type of development should be discouraged. It is socially irresponsible.
    I see looking back at it that you probably meant “discouraged” as in the court of public opinion. I initially read that as should be discouraged legislatively.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 5:41 pm
  • Who’s had a hamburger lately?
    I haven’t.

    Paul, you’re the worst Texan ever!

    Atheose March 24, 2009, 5:43 pm
  • i find many of the comments here–especially those about me being a “commie” and otherwise mischaracterizations of nyers–to be outright insulting.
    Were you specifically called a Commie? I think “we who don’t like one-person-30,000sf houses” were all called commies in carpet-bombing blanket fashion, in which case it’s easy to ignore. And I just scoured the entire thread looking for a dig at Rob Neyer, thinking you had misspelled. Caps please!!!!

    SF March 24, 2009, 5:43 pm
  • Paul, you’re the worst Texan ever!
    Ha, it’s not by choice, unfortunately.

    Paul SF March 24, 2009, 5:45 pm
  • Vegetarian wife? Or is she just not a fan of beef?
    i find many of the comments here–especially those about me being a “commie” and otherwise mischaracterizations of nyers–to be outright insulting.
    I think you were taking that a little personal, considering it was a sweeping generalization about the people disagreeing with him.

    Atheose March 24, 2009, 5:51 pm
  • So much for representative democracy. Where are the pitchforks?
    Like I said: Bloomberg tried, but NYC’s residents failed completely to support the initiative out of their own self-interest.
    Funny that you now agree.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 6:11 pm
  • BTW: When I lived in NY I had a car.
    I’m just not going to judge anyone on these issues, esp since Jeter pays more in taxes in one year than I will in my lifetime.
    A legit carbon tax is the equitable way to go.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 6:15 pm
  • I think you were taking that a little personal, considering it was a sweeping generalization about the people disagreeing with him.
    Yeah, I thought that generalization was so over the top as to be laughed at, esp in the current political climate. I’m sorry again if anyone took offense.

    Rob March 24, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • Jeter needs to start a hippie commune with A-Rod in Tampa. Peace, love, dope, and coed communal showers.
    Back to Nature I say.
    All the way back.

    SoxFan March 24, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • but NYC’s residents failed completely to support the initiative out of their own self-interest
    This makes no sense. What was our mechanism?!
    (I support, wholeheartedly, a congestion tax, and a steep one, for the record)

    SF March 24, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • > I know of no municipality in the US that gives people that voluntary opportunity to pay for the carbon footprint they’re creating.
    Climate Trust.

    attackgerbil March 24, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • What was our mechanism?!
    State representatives.
    I know of no municipality in the US that gives people that voluntary opportunity to pay for the carbon footprint they’re creating.
    Oh, and “booya” to the Yanks!

    Rob March 24, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • > I know of no municipality
    San Francisco.

    attackgerbil March 25, 2009, 8:51 am
  • Really? They restrict drivers during certain hours unless you pay for the privilege? I was there last April and it wasn’t there. What are the details?

    Rob March 25, 2009, 9:16 am
  • sorry to be so late on this one…this is not about the environment or responsible living…it’s about jeter…how do the other mlb millionaires live?…do you know?…do you care?…hey how ’bout this guy…one of your heroes…
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2006-08-09-gore-green_x.htm

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