11. The Grass Yard
Always been there, right? Wrong. "The American lawn is a 20th-century phenomenon that stemmed from the pastoral movement in public lawns and parks and took off after World War II," Shayt says. No big deal? Perhaps not, until you realize that today a home without a lawn is considered less valuable, yards are generally designed with a lawn as the centerpiece and many city ordinances even require them. "People didn't tend to have lawns before," says Shayt. "Wildflowers, tall grass and big vegetable gardens used to occupy front yards. We have old pictures of families proudly standing in knee-high grass."
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