Desiring the undesirable

Underneath the Christmas tree was a copy of The Backyard Homestead, edited by Carleen Madigan.  This volume is part of the revival of the self-sufficiency movement, last popular in the 1980s (and pockets of which have persisted around Tompkins County).  The book reviews the joys and practicality of not only the home vegetable garden, but fruits and nuts, small-scale poultry, meat, dairy, home-grown grains, and beekeeping.

What struck me right away was how much could be done on a small lot:
homestead image
But, as I pondered it, this layout looked very familiar.  I realized that I had seen it before, marked "Undesirable" (underlined) in the Dryden Residential Design Guidelines.
 comparison from Dryden residential design guidelines 
The clustered, "desirable" alternative presented in the guidelines is much less compatible with self-sufficiency.  As each day's news indicates that economic stress can be expected to grow, which kind of development would you rather see in our town -- homes where people can provide at least part of their own needs, or clustered housing in which you are basically plopping urban dwellers into a rural setting, necessarily dependent on others for everything?