Friday, November 23, 2012

it's still a peculiar place

"federal highway construction suddenly reduced the importance of locating manufacturing facilities...and neighborhoods...adjacent to rail lines." "welcome to the urban revolution"jeb brugman______________________________________________ the neighborhood disinitigrated into suburbs where there is no neighborhood or community...just satellite tv, cul de sacs, mini-vans, and suvs...i drove a little closer to the borderline of the nexus between rural agriculture and suburban sprawl that is one of the defining characteristics of this backwater in the milwakee-chicago-detroit megapolis...this spot probably isn't more than forty-five miles as the crow flies form downtown chicago and it can't be more than seven or eight from a junction of two of the streams of federal highways that jeb is speaking of...on a good day you can make it to the loop in forty minutes if the ford holds abuts a field that had soybeans in it just a month and a half ago ( you can tell by the stubble...identification of the most recent crop is made much easier by having a two crop monoculture in the industrial fields ) and the dividing line between zoysia grass and the fields of mutant zea is well defined and abrupt...plowing speaks of an effort to install some sort of cover crop ( although it is a bit late...i will be looking at this out of curiosity ) and the signs dug into the fields speak of the sprawl's intention to continue pandering to the desires of the developers and builders who need "growth" to keep the cash flow going...there has to be a natural limit to this and arable land is valuable for more reasons than housing...i wonder when we will begin to understand that?

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