We Can Keep Our Open Spaces by Limiting Population

Some maintain that we must have a large and growing population to have a dynamic and prosperous economy. Even so, the economy we had in the early 1970s – before we added 125 million more people – was superior in many ways to our present economy. According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of Americans were middle class in 1971. By 2015 that total had declined to 50 percent. During that same interval, the percentage in the lower economic class rose from 16 percent to 20 percent. Continue reading