Urban centers have forgotten their existence is dependent on the rural areas that surround them, and have illusions they are self- sufficient.
In reality, cities rely on faraway places for their food, fuel, and water, which often comes from distant reservoirs.
The best farmland is not randomly distributed, and is often associated with cities: much of the agricultural land in California has already vanished beneath suburbs like Orange County in the Los Angeles Basin, and the Santa Clara Valley, south of San Francisco.
The hall, in fact, and the division into more specialized rooms reflects the increasingly greater formality in social structure, and the degree of separation and insulation that was derived between the owners and their managers and servants." And the beginning of a separation between private and public spaces in homes." Roth Page 105: 1700s - "In between the one-room houses of ordinary people and the porched houses of the great families were the two-rooms-to-a-floor, two-storey houses which we most commonly associate with the colonial period. In the South these houses commonly went up only a storey and a half.
It flourishes in our cities today as the studio apartment." Ward Page 8: Canada - "The Maison Mourier is probably the oldest example, a one-room dwelling built in 1690 and measuring sixteen by twenty feet." Ward Page 9: Canada - "By the end of the French regime in 1760 most farmhouses..small, one-storey, one- or two-room wooden dwellings put up their occupants." Ward Page 9: Canada -- "The premises of every one seem to be a house from 18 to 25 feet long and as many in breadth without porch or partition but the outer door opening immediately into the sole room." Ward Page 143: In the eighteenth century, "North American architecture was much more restrained, not only because the society was largely puritan but also because the contemporary north-European architecture from which it derived was itself entering a period of rational understatement.
In the north-eastern states, the pattern was late 17th century English or Dutch architecture, though often translated into timber forms.
But the blend of the two house type makes it difficult to identify a sharp social division between the residents of one type of house and those of the other.
For one thing, the size of the rooms did not increase in the larger houses.