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    Urban Planning

    Paulina Mar 10 '07 7

    Little boxes on the hillside,
    Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
    Little boxes, little boxes,
    Little boxes, all the same.
    There's a green one and a pink one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same.

    And the people in the houses
    All go to the university,
    And they all get put in boxes,
    Little boxes, all the same.
    And there's doctors and there's lawyers
    And business executives,
    And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same.

    And they all play on the golf-course,
    And drink their Martini dry,
    And they all have pretty children,
    And the children go to school.
    And the children go to summer camp
    And then to the university,
    And they all get put in boxes
    And they all come out the same.

    And the boys go into business,
    And marry, and raise a family,
    And they all get put in boxes,
    Little boxes, all the same.
    There's a green one and a pink one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same.

     

     
    • 7 Comments

    • Archinecture
      Mar 10, 07 10:07 pm

      Weeds is one of the greatest shows ever!
      When does it come back on the air?

      Arjun Bhat
      Mar 10, 07 10:34 pm

      at the open house to my final project in my undergrad we had that song looped to a slide show of the fabrication/construction process. ooh the memories...

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      Mar 11, 07 8:48 am

      we used to sing the original version of this song when i was in a middle school choir and even then i found it depressing.

      i think learning this song was formative for me in some way.

      vado retro
      Mar 11, 07 4:31 pm

      this really isn't urban planning at all, but a condescending and cynical comment on how most people live. which is understandable but why is it understandable. suburban studies is a field that needs to be studied seriously. suburban studies major and a minor in the psychology of american domesticity perhaps.

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      Mar 11, 07 10:34 pm

      here you go vado, translated into indianan:

      oh but aint that america for you and me
      aint that america were someting to see baby
      aint that america, home of the free
      little pink houses for you and me

      Paulina
      Mar 11, 07 11:08 pm

      unfortunately to me it is a painful reminder that the line at some point seemed to me clearly defined sub from urb... is no longer, as i pass through my old Chicago neighborhoods and lo and behold gated McMansion communities.

      vado retro
      Mar 12, 07 11:54 am

      little pink houses is an homage to small town life and rurality. neither urban nor sub-urban...

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