Suburbia: An Abstract Living Arrangement

My own personal copies of The Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere arrived in the mail today from Amazon. Here is an excerpt from the prologue of the latter:

Since then I’ve come to understand one of the chief impediments preventing us from comprehending the tragedy of our everyday environment: American culture is very abstract. Suburbia fails us in large part because it is so abstract. It’s an idea of a place rather than a place. The way you can tell is because so many places in this country seem like no place in particular, and a lack of particularlity is the earmark of abstraction.

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