Comments on: ■ Town, section, range, and the transportation psychology of a nation https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/ Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:30:43 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tom H https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5644 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:04:02 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5644 Just discovered your site and love it. You’ll see the same pattern of ribbon farms in south Louisiana, another former French colony. In fact, many of the parcels within cities, including New Orleans, are divided in the same way. I have heard that this is the reason for the large number of shotgun homes you see in New Orleans. Narrow lots require narrow homes. Even many of the large homes of the well-to-do are quite narrow.

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By: Lauren Oliver https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5643 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:27:07 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5643 Take a google maps flight over Northern New Mexico, where the original Spanish families settled, and you’ll see miles of ribbon farms (mostly not farms any longer, unless displaying nonworking motor vehicles constitutes farming) and – it’s a case of cutting up the acreage into smaller pieces over generations, dividing the wealth.

Interesting blog. Thanks.

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By: Bill Fullerton https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5642 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 20:55:01 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5642 Here is a link to a good book about te various land systems in Ohio..
http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/publications/general/ohiolandsbook.pdf

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By: Johnn Quinn https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5641 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 23:24:55 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5641 An interesting and intuitively plausible theory. It is perhaps ironic that the city most associated with our auto-centric, decentralized transportation system, Detroit, was originally laid out by French settlers in the sort of ribbon farms you describe. Here the transportation artery that governed the orientation of the ribbons was the Detroit River. To this day some of our major more-or-less north-south streets (Livernois, Jos. Campeau) bear the names of the grantees on whose property they were constructed. I say “more-or-less north-south” because the river runs more-or-less east for most of its length that borders Detroit, and the farms were laid out so that their lengths were perpendicular to the river. When English-speakers took over, they superimposed over the French system a grid of mile roads that run true north-south or east-west. (Eight Mile Road (aka Baseline Road), made famous by a movie, is one of the east-west roads. Others have equally imaginative names.) The French system had been superimposed on a system of trails that paid no attention to the compass or the parallelism, and we still have roads that follow those trail. The result, in some parts of town, is a fascinating hodgepodge of streets that makes it very easy to get lost.

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By: cowichan https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5640 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 20:25:56 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5640 If the majority of North America were to have the same social structure as French Canada, then after 300 years of dividing farms up equally amongst the children, ‘ribbon farms would predominate everywhere. It’s the result of dividing up farms while maintaining road access with a minimum of land loss to roads.

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By: Tim De Chant https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5639 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:30:19 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5639 Sort of, but not exactly. Environmental science (with undergrad degree in English and environmental science). I ran across “long lots” as well, but wasn’t certain on the convention. That said, I prefer the imagery ribbon farms evoke.

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By: mapwriter https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5638 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:20:33 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5638 Your “ribbon farms” are called “long lots” in most of the geographic literature, by the way. Were you a geography student at university? Like your blog a lot.

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By: John Barton https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5637 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 01:01:33 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5637 This is fascinating. Have you done any research contrasting how land was managed from the Native American perspective vs. land planning done by European settlers?

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By: Tim De Chant https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5636 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:53:45 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5636 Fixed. Thanks.

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By: Bruce Rusk https://persquaremile.com/2012/11/29/square-farms-and-transportation-psychology/#comment-5635 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:36:51 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=4831#comment-5635 Prairie states in Canada? I think you mean prairie provinces.

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