Roger: About as long as it takes for compassion to die.
So, for those of you keeping track out there, who may have been following decisions made by the newest city in the United States* (which started operating on December 1, 2008), I'll tell you how long it takes. Two years, 328 Days.
*By the way, I stopped writing that blog (Sustainable Dunwoody) almost 2 years ago, and it still gets about 1,600 page views per month. Also, Sustainable Pattie , which I stopped writing in May of this year, still gets 1,700 page views per month, and the blog you are reading (FoodShed Planet) gets 15,000 per month. So, yes, folks are watching. And, please, if everyone reading this could exhibit one act of compassion today, I think that would be helpful, in a small "stone in the pond" way that can actually make a difference. (That was my first blog, by the way: Stone in the Pond .) Also, see "Now Is the Time for That" on page 166 in my book .