jdr 39. Nature’s Value (Today)

"If it’s true that suburbia’s genesis in the late 18th century aligned itself with the picturesque ideal of nature precisely because of its pre-industrial qualifications, then it is equally true that coming communities will be reliant on an entirely new yo-yo. That is, these differentiations that correspond between the industrial and preindustrial distillations of the Romantic nature-idyll are riveted to their distinction between the leisure economy and the utilitarian grunt of a productive workplace. Too bad then that postfordist applications conflate such terrains, which is the reason why I’m not simply gonna replay Raymond Williams’ suggestion that nature’s escalator allows every generation to invent and invest in its own peculiar values...

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