Explain the message or theme of The City Planners.

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The poem is about control over suburbia.  Historically, suburbia has often been seen as a utopia.  It's an idealized, perfect world.  This poem points out the ugly side of control, and the hidden truth about suburbia. The main theme or message of this poem is things that seem perfect rarely are.  We give up a lot in the name of perfection.  This control masks differences, and allows for corruption.  Real estate is a perfect metaphor for making money and control the end that justifies any means. Another version of this theme is that when we give up our rights for safety and security, such as knowing we live in a perfect community, we lose more than we gain.  We also become unwitting conspirators in the corruption by allowing it and not stopping it.