When someone has questions about re-locating to Austin, it seems that everyone laments how much Austin has changed. (And they blame it on the damn Californians moving in!) But any popular area will change as the population increases and homes are built and shopping centers, etc., are added. In the process, nature gets sacrificed. I grew up in Southern California in the 50's and 60's and stayed on through the 80's, and I saw paradise destroyed. I've watched South Florida swell in population since I came here in '88, but development has not been as shocking since nature in a pristine form had long been gone due to the degraded state of the wetlands.
My question is: How do you stop "progress?" How do you minimize the impact? You can't prevent people from moving to a desirable area.