All of us in Washington State know that the Growth Management Act put an end to the problem of over-development since it concentrates growth in and around existing cities; thus allowing more land to remain as forest or agricultural lands.
Yeah, the devestation of such events as the giant mudflow from Rainer erupting or the large earthquakes that have visited this area is nearly beyond comprehension. I agree, it will be very interesting for those who survive such a catastrophic geological event.
On a more positive note, I saw in yesterday's newspaper that a group of students at WWU were able to get the administration to switch to buying green power, which will cost each student an additional $10.50 per semester. Perhaps their is still hope.