“Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
And the far unlit unknown”
Subdivisions are difficult to navigate. Unless you live in a particular one or have been through one enough to be familiar with it, their individual layouts do not make sense. Isolated and insular, their roads are almost never straight, curving and meandering about until they reach a dead end or feed into the sole entrance and exit from the subdivision. Your sense of North, South, East, and West are rendered meaningless as you literally drive around in circles.
Through-roads are hard to come by and access is limited… and so is your means of leaving.
There is a strong sense of orderliness and conformity. Seas of beige and houses that are indistinguishable from each other line the streets. What is… or isn’t in your yard becomes a matter of neighborhood concern. Nothing is allowed to be out of place.
Your yard must look perfect, your driveway should have nice cars parked in it for everyone to see – but not too many cars, or that becomes unacceptable. Do not park on the street too long, or do not park there at all.
Conform or be cast out. Or get fined by the homeowners’ association.