If we are not in the city, we may as well have access to nature—and yet for most suburban dwellers, nature is still a drive away. Why?
Because suburbs retain all sorts of cultural artifacts from lawns, to yards, to stoplights, that served a purpose at one point in American history but not today. This silly grasping for cultural artifacts robs us the ability to enjoy our natural surroundings with our kids and friends.
So many of the failings of the modern suburb remind us a The Little Old Lady who swallowed a fly. We needed the stop lights to slow the cars, we needed the cars for to pull up right next to our house, we needed to pull up right next to our house because of the lawns pushing the houses far apart, we needed the lawns to fill the yards.
Why did we need the yards? (I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – Perhaps she’ll die!)