Many scholars believe San Marcos is the longest continuously inhabited location in North America. Yet San Marcos also now is the fastest growing city in the United States. The majority of jobs created here garner low wages, perpetuating the feudalistic pay gap, and most homes built here are shoddy, antiseptic, identical boxes. Although I live in the country, a massive Amazon “Fulfillment Center” just opened down the road from my home; a Kafkaesque gulag, it’s a concretized embodiment of our appetites.
Another intriguing one. This description hits hard - I just got done watching (on Netflix) Escape to the Country, a series about British couples wishing to escape urban life for the greener dales of the UK. Just about every house viewed is hundreds of years old, built of stone.
Here in America, we built square impersonal houses of largely fast-growth timber, cheap metals and plastics, and charge equivalent fees. Our homebuilding industry is predicated on 'just enough to not fall down in ten years', or so it seems.
America, land of the 'free' ... and home of the box.