My place Toten, by some named “Totscana” as a Norwegian counterpart of famous Italian Toscana, has lost much of its charm by suburban houses spread all over this pleasant landscape. This is a horrible thing to do! This way the beautiful landscape is reduced to a kind of Los Angeles like Suburban Hell!
Suburban housing doesn’t belong to the countryside, like in “Totscana”. People who are not directly involved in agriculture should live in urban places. Otherwise the countryside becomes reduced to a kind of Suburban Hell, a favourite phrase of Nathan Lewis.
Read Nathan Lewis’ essay:
From the essay:
We don’t try to mix “the city” and “farms.” Urban places are dense and distinct from farming areas. People who are not directly involved in agriculture should live in urban places — whether tiny country villages, or huge metropolises.
European village. Although this village is in an agricultural region, this village itself is a dense urban place, and there is a distinct transition to farmland.
Chinese village. Again, a dense urban place, and farmlands. Don’t mix them.
But of course, modernist “urbanism” is not urbanism, it’s nihilism! Only traditional urbanism can support pleasure of life. Nathan Lewis is one of the best urbanist writers, so go on to his fabolous archive to learn more:
The Eco-Technic Civilization. Try to imagine it. If you can imagine it, you can have it! It is actually cheaper and easier to do than today’s Suburban Hell. – Nathan Lewis