WHERE WOULD JESUS LIVE: WHY DENSITY AND CITIES ARE IMPORTANT

The Golden Rule elegantly sums up the moral imperative “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The best place to practice is in the city, because only in the city do we find the rich and poor, sick and healthy, black and white, all living close together.

The author of this essay on Seattles Land Use Code blog wonders whether Jesus was a density advocate. "If we are to love our neighbor as ourselves," he points out, "it’s awfully hard to do if we have no neighbors. Living in a city means have lots of neighbors and encountering otherness every day. How we deal with otherness, our neighbors, shapes how we deal with issues of public spending, priorities for policy, and how we organize our society. Our tendency can often be to push each other and unpleasant things away. Cities make that harder to do, turning the problems of other people into our problems."

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