Ruins of Rome and Baltimore
Maybe I felt compelled to post this Peter Paul Rubens painting to social media because I was planning on taking photos of a demolition in Baltimore City later in the day. I'm sure the photo will pop up someday in one of my photo illustrations, but today it had me thinking about what this crumbling old building will be replaced with. I bet I could guess every restaurant and store that will be on this site a year from now.
When I am exploring nature, I think a lot about biodiversity, which is about how a variety of life forms are necessary to make an ecosystem work, and solastalgia, the pain of seeing nature destroyed.
I see a parallel there. It may be something more than nostalgia when we see something old and interesting removed in favor of something we've seen over and over again, no matter how useless the old thing really was. There is no question that there has been a change in the quality and diversity of experiences we are offered as players in the economy, and for us that is as much a change in our environment as a change to the natural world.