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January 22, 2013

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Paul

Interesting and I agree ...
http://rethinkingchildhood.com/2013/01/22/neighbourhood-america-mother/

Some comments on this article from hacker news:
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5097256

"As a foreigner the one thing that strikes me the most as alienating is that in too many places it's the exact same pattern that is applied. Same roads. Same neighborhoods. Same places with restaurants and shops and a big parking in the middle of the square lot. Same toilets.

It's alienating because it feels "fake" nearly anywhere you go. Nature, in a lot of places, doesn't have its rights (just look at how some states are "divided" by a straight line:
terrifying).

Probably one of the worst place for that is Irvine in southern California.

Even if it's not "cookie cutter" everywhere, all the neighborhoods still look identical.

These decisions may look pragmatic but to many foreigners it feels alienating."

"It feels alienating to many of us Americans, too. Having visited a few foreign countries, I've seen beautiful public spaces, and its disappointing to come home and see how ugly our cities look now that I've seen better. I desperately want to live in a cosmopolitan urban center that is practical, something I have yet to find here."

herculodge

I have a friend who lives in Laguna Niguel, not too far from Irvine. Nice weather, nice houses, but there is a prefab quality that seems like Stepford Wives, very scary.

My brother lives in Albany, near Berkeley. Seems like a nice place to live. You can walk to all these great shops and restaurants along Solano Ave.

Emmett Salberg

I read your post shortly after reading this tweet from The Onion:

TheOnion: Commentary | We Raise All Our Beef Humanely On Open Pasture And Then We Hang Them Upside Down And Slash Their Throats http://t.co/RH598gPK

They somehow seem related.

herculodge

Yeah, organic means a better life but that blade is sharp.

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