Genesis Chapter 1 בְּרֵאשִׁית
כח וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם, אֱלֹהִים, וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹהִים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, וְכִבְשֻׁהָ; וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם, וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם, וּבְכָל-חַיָּה, הָרֹמֶשֶׂת עַל-הָאָרֶץ. 28 And God blessed them; and God said unto them: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creepeth upon the earth.'
I've been reading, studying the Torah for decades, and each time I start/study it seems new. No, it's not that I'm that senile, it's that it is so rich with lessons, meanings and implications.
Taking over, building, populating the Land, all of the land all over the world is what G-d demands of us.
וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹהִים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, וְכִבְשֻׁהָThis commandment predates the separation of the male and female in Adam, the first human being. The part of the commandment always publicized is that of פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ procreation, having children, but in that same phrase/sentence is the commandment to use the land, the earth for our needs. We do not need to see empty land, no matter how beautiful it may look. Asking people not to build, or to build under the height of the sidewalk goes against G-d's instructions to the first human being.
God said unto them: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it;
The earth is for our use, to build and farm it.
Have a wonderful and productive year.