The people are disconnected. They isolate themselves from their vacant surroundings. The landscape is littered with parking lots, defunct factories, lengthy expressways, woods with much surface area, and spacey developments. The open space is so wide and so empty that the people seek comfort within the confines their cars and within the sight-blocking aisles of immense suburban supermarkets.
To travel is to drive. For when the nearest strip mall is four miles out on the highway, to drive is a necessity. Driving takes away the casual interaction between pedestrians in a sidewalk, the intrigue of multicultural shops, the variety, the diversity. It is not even efficient for the traveler, for miles could be meters. The human drives from an immaculate house down an immaculate road to an immaculate highway that leads to an immaculately generic strip mall with immaculately generic shops that sell immaculately generic products produced by immaculately generic corporations, sincerely immaculately generic and insincere corporations.
Culture gets smothered by tires moving at 70 miles per hour and doesn’t even have the chance to fester before it has been rolled down and become part of the highway.
The houses look like they have been cut out of white dough with a generic cookie cutter and slammed down onto empty lots far removed from anywhere useful. The developments are endless. One ends and after a brief forest another begins. They are ugly, similar, and inhospitable.
American culture is based on interaction, in assimilation, in acceptance, in democracy. These suburbs illustrate isolation and separation. They are cultural vacuums. They are created and run by lifeless droning corporations.
Suburbia is taking over, slowly but surely. The Washington metro area is expected to increase 80 percent in land area by 2030. Los Angeles grew 45 percent in population and 300 percent in land area between 1970 and 1990. Decentralization must not keep decaying our cities. Bokonovsky groups of identical houses in homogenous developments miles from where people need to be will make for a nightmarish Brave New World.