We just drove through southern Mississippi along the Gulf Coast. (We had toured this area a few months after Hurricane Katrina and saw the almost total devastation.) We stopped in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Along the coast here (as in many places), the shoreline mansions have gone back up. Going through Gulf Port, Mississippi, also on the coast, we saw that all the glitzy casinos, etc., have gone back up as well. (I shook my head thinking: ‘It’s just like setting the bowling pins up again.’) Our administration would push for these types of coastal areas to become federal parks where everyone, rich and poor, had equal access to the vistas, the beaches, and so on… The other thing we observed down here were “Katrina cottages.” These cottages (about the size of a full- length RV) were placed on lots next to homes that had been damaged in the hurricane. While some people refurbished their places, they lived in the cottages. These cottages got me to thinking… It would seem to me if we want to stop the environmental cancer of urban sprawl that is incrementally eating away at cropland in this country, wouldn’t it make sense, common sense, to start putting similar cottages on, say, existing suburban properties, with people sharing land? Note: Incidentally, most of the Habitat for Humanity homes that are built in the Third World are actually smaller than the Katrina cottages.