The potential removal of telehubs has led to gnashing of the teeth in certain quarters about the future of SL. There are some valid concerns being put forth by opponents, although how much is simply resistance to change I do not know. Perhaps not surprisingly, I happen to take a more sanguine view of the matter.
Will our world become a horror zone of grey boxes and red ban lines as a few currently warn? Oh, I agree that some will be inevitable, but then again, we already have these things in Second Life. Red ban lines already exist throughout SL, but there are also remarkably large swathes of land that are free of them -- and this in the telehub era where strangers are forced to fly through your neighborhood as opposed to skipping over your land altogether.
However, instead of a long treatise on the subject, I thought I would let Second Life and pictures from its residents make the argument why beauty, a sense of space, and exploration will not die. Hopefully no photographer will mind my putting together snapzilla photos for this collage. So with no further ado, here are 15,000 words on the subject (click on the image to see a larger version):
[Snapzilla Photos taken by (in alphabetical order): Crow Brotherhood, Shack Dougall, Launa Fauna, Salazar Jack, JellyBean Madison, Sam Portocarrero, Baccara Rhodes, Ilianexsi Sojourner, Forseti Svarog, Laukosargas Svarog, Adam Zaius]