rectangular survey

”Like bees or ants or other well-organized societies, Americans, once they fixed upon the rectangular survey, were inflexible in their devotion to the idea.”  Vernon Carstensen in ‘Patterns on the American Land’
“I have supposed it practicable to prevent its generation by building our cities on a more open plan. Take, for instance, the checker board for a plan. Let the black squares
only be building squares, and the white ones be left open, in turf and trees. Every square of houses will be surrounded by four open squares and every house will front an
open square. The atmosphere of such a town will be like that of the country, insusceptible of the miasmata which produce yellow fever.” Jefferson to Volney.

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