How ribbon farms – or rather the lack thereof in much of the United States – shaped attitudes toward modern transportation, and continue to shape our psychology as a nation today.
This is an interesting piece on the "long lot" system of land use that is typically of French origin. It provides more individual access to, perhaps a river for irrigation, but as this article states, to road frontage and access to transport for goods to market. And in this system the road came first, then the division of land rather than the opposite, which is why you find many large square or odd shaped parcels across much of the US and winding roads that came later to connect them.
Via Allison Anthony