I was looking through the current issue of "Journeys" and there is an article on Structure Creep. For those that haven't seen it, the article discusses a trend towards larger and more modern shelters leading to larger groups around the shelters each night and a lessening of the wilderness experience.
I thought it might be interesting to open up the topic for discussion here. I know some like the shelters and some hate them, but what are your thoughts on "structure creep". Is it a problem? Do you like more modern shelters (plexiglass for a little extra light, etc.)?
While I typically stay near shelters and enjoy having a few people around to chat with in the evening, I prefer to set up my tent nearby for a more peaceful nights sleep. I know there are several issues (spreading vs concentrating the impact, etc.) to consider, but I'd much prefer a smaller structure with space for tents over a larger shelter.