Rebecca Solnit “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” (Penguin 2005)

I think now that the suburbs were a kind of tranquilizer for the generation before us, if topography can be a drug. The blandness of ranch houses, the soothing lines of streets curving into cul-de-sacs, the homogeneity, the repetition, the pretty, vacant names were designed to erase the desperation of poverty and strife, to erase tenements and migrant camps and sharecropper shacks (107).

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