For most Americans, the idealized domestic landscape is a rambling house surrounded by a green lawn and shade trees, connected to the world by the two cars sitting in the attached garage and the phone lines and coaxial cable that connect the home computers, fax machines, phones, and television sets to the global infrastructure. Retail wants and outside entertainment are the province of area malls. For growing numbers of us work is located at the off ramps of the interstates, which head yet fur-
ther into the rural hinterlands. Although still substantial, fewer metropolitan residents than ever commute to jobs in the central cities.