I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

Primeburbia: The new American community

Since 2010 Amazon has built 50 new fulfillment centers at a cost of $13 billion. 

I save a satellite photo to commemorate each time I receive a package from a new Amazon facility. I’m following the development of fulfillment clusters that occupy hundreds of acres of what was often crop land in the exurban halo of our metropolises. 

Their scale compounded by their out-in-the-middle-of-nowhereness is a surreal landscape to behold, and they’re emerging as a new pattern of community-building in the U.S.