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Communitychills

Everyplace looks like no place,and no place looks like home.

JAMES KUNTSLER, AUTHORThe Geography of Nowhere

You may have seen the ad. It’s a fairly recent one for an SUV. It pictures a suburban street of expensive, identical ranch-style houses with perfect lawns. The SUV being advertised is parked in the driveway of one of them. But in every other driveway is. . . a tank. A real tank. A big, deadly Army tank. It’s a chilly ad, meant to remind us of how chilling our communities have become as our war of all-against-all consumer competition continues. Psychologically, it suggests that we need to drive something as strong ...

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