The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #68954 Message #3550919
Posted By: Joe Offer
20-Aug-13 - 12:44 AM
Thread Name: Help: Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) ticky-tacky?
Subject: RE: Help: Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) ticky-tacky?
I worked for a couple months in Denver during my last year of employment, 1999. Within the limits of Denver City and County, it's a wonderful town, full of interesting architecture. Once you cross the city limits, you're in California - a collection of suburbs packed with oversized, opulent, cheaply-made houses with SUVs in the driveways (because people kept their garages full of "stuff" - unused, overpriced toys, mostly). I went up to one house and rang the doorbell. When I pushed the button, the whole wall pushed in. It was vinyl siding, with nothing behind it for support - but the houses all looked very prosperous. That's the kind of neighborhood where houses start looking shoddy after 15 years, and there are neighborhoods like that all over the U.S. There's no room for interaction between neighbors because the driveways and streets are full of vehicles. That's the type of neighborhood depicted in the Weeds introduction. It may look opulent now, but it won't last long.