Crabgrass Frontier The Suburbanization of the United States

ISBN-10: 0195049837
ISBN-13: 9780195049831
Edition: 1985
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Description: This first full-scale history of the development of the American suburb examines how "the good life" in America came to be equated with the a home of one's own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace. Integrating social  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.90" wide x 5.30" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

This first full-scale history of the development of the American suburb examines how "the good life" in America came to be equated with the a home of one's own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace. Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, and taking into account such factors as the availability of cheap land, inexpensive building methods, and rapid transportation, Kenneth Jackson chronicles the phenomenal growth of the American suburb from the middle of the 19th century to the present day. He treats communities in every section of the U.S. and compares American residential patterns with those of Japan and Europe. In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: that the future of residential deconcentration will be very different from its past in both the U.S. and Europe.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Suburbs as Slums
The Transportation Revolution and the Erosion of the Walking City
Home, Sweet Home: The House and the Yard
Romantic Suburbs
The Main Line: Elite Suburbs and Commuter Railroads
The Time of the Trolley
Affordable Homes for the Common Man
Suburbs into Neighborhoods: The Rise and Fall of Municipal Annexation
The New Age of Automobility
Suburban Development Between the Wars
Federal Subsidy and the Suburban Dream: How Washington Changed the American Housing Market
The Cost of Good Intentions: The Ghettoization of Public Housing in the United States
The Baby Boom and the Age of the Subdivision
The Drive-In Culture of Contemporary America
The Loss of Community in Metropolitan America
Retrospect and Prospect
Appendix
Notes
Index

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