In my work ‘Developing Uruguay : the Switzerland of South America?’ I explore and questions positivist notions of ‘development’ through an investigation of the serious problem of noise pollution caused by traffic in Switzerland today.
When recently moved to Switzerland, I was surprised by the highly developed nature. Having imagined it to be rural and quaint, I discovered it to not only have big cities and industry, but also especially traffic! Living in Ottenbach, a village outside of Zurich, I realized that the roar of traffic can even be heard when taking a walk in the forest. The Ottenbach community is itself plagued by traffic and recently approved the construction of the new major A4 highway in the vicinity of a protected nature reserve.