@lafnlab Because you've been taught to recognize the synthesis of wild with civilization as suburbia, whereas the suburbs actually represent the border we're trying to erase in the first place.
Suburbs bad. Cultivating nature within cities good.
@lafnlab For more context. Suburbs represent the idea that nature is something to be controlled by humans. That we can keep trees within the borders of parks, carefully control vast mono-cultures of grass so they can look appealing and treat the wild animals we've displaced as pests or vermin.
Suburbs are the myth of the frontier at its utmost colonialist.
@GreenandBlack I agree, but I can also envisage property developers hijacking terms like 'wilderness' and 'nature' for use in marketing. I know I've seen countless subdivisions with names like "The Pines at Riverview", "The Elms at Parkland" and so on.
Marketing will perpetuate any myth if there's money to be had.
@lafnlab Yeah, I believe the Americans called this "Manifest Destiny"
@GreenandBlack @lafnlab i don't know about elsehwere, but sometime between the 1930s and the 50s, some of this city's parks were mostly deforested because of "drug dealing". there used to be a lagoon surrounded by elder trees in Major's Hill Park, across from the National Art Gallery. now it's just a lawn on a weird bluff.
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