Factors of Space - I Pursuit of Life Liberty and Property 1...

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I. Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Property 1. First European settlers came for 2 primary reasons a) to escape religious persecution b) to take advantage of new economic opportunities 2. The resulting settlements had the following characteristics: a) remote enclaves near water with few roads connecting them b) emphasis on individualism and a unique approach to property rights : e.g. “fee simple” ownership II. The Grid (urban planning after Enlightenment “rationality”) 1. After Revolution, vast Middle West divided in square township units a) 640 acre sectins/160 quarters b) no public realm, all individual private land 2. Cities also based on orderly grids formed by repeating straight lines a) orderly but boring 3. NYC Tenements: “What business required was offices, factories, housing for workers, and little else” p. 33 a) cultural consideration becomes acquired b) value of things changed III. Romanticism 1. Emerson, Thoreau, Hudson River School 2. uncultivated, natural space that is destroyed by civilization (vice/decay)
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