In this paper, I examined the history, aesthetics, and ecological effects of lawns, as situated in Portland, Oregon. I highlighted the relative recency of this landscape, noting how suburbanizing transportation infrastructure, a Victorian lawn aesthetic, and technological developments had to come together to create this ubiquitous and impractical monoculture. One of the most interesting things I found throughout the course of my research was how rail-based transportation actually functioned as the initial progenitor of suburbanization, as it allowed for long-distance commuting on a mass scale, before automobiles were a relevant object. Additionally, I found the mandated front and back setbacks to be an important element in the spread of lawns, codifying lawn aesthetics and creating the empty space that lawns fill. To explore more of my paper, click through the menu items at the right.