Sunday, June 19, 2005


Eighty percent of everything ever buit in America has been buit in the last fifty years, and most of it is depressing, brutal, ugly, unhealthy, and spiritually degrading - the jive-plastic commuter tract home wastelands, the Potemkin village shopping plazas with their vast parking lagoons, the Lego-block hotel complexes, he "gourmet mansardic" junk-food joints, the Orwellian office "parks" featuring buildings sheathed in the same relective glass as the sunglasses worn by chain-gang guards, the particle-board garden apartments rising up in every meadow and cornfield, the freeway loops around every big and little city with their clusters of discount merchandise marts, the whole destructive, wasteful, toxic agorphobia-inducing spectacle that politicisans proudly call "growth".

- James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere (1993). p. 10.

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