Advocates of dense and sustainable urban form often have trouble appreciating how serene suburban sprawl can be to some eyes. The Boston Globe has a marvellous collection of Google Earth images of Florida sprawl, including both complete developments and bankrupt, incomplete ones.
Look through them all yourself. While many are confronting, some are quite serene, even to the aerial eye. I’m not saying that I’m converting to sprawl-advocacy as a stress-reduction program, but I do think it’s important to notice how sprawl works on the mind. This particular image — of a development that went bankrupt after two houses were built — is distinctly remniscent of Piet Mondrian, the early-20c painter who first explored gridded abstraction as a way to both tease and console the eye.