Building Suburbia Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000

ISBN-10: 0375727213
ISBN-13: 9780375727214
Edition: N/A
Authors: Dolores Hayden
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Description: A lively history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live, Building Suburbia chronicles two centuries in the birth and development of America’s metropolitan regions. From rustic cottages reached by steamboat to big box  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

A lively history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live, Building Suburbia chronicles two centuries in the birth and development of America’s metropolitan regions. From rustic cottages reached by steamboat to big box stores at the exit ramps of eight-lane highways, Dolores Hayden defines seven eras of suburban development since 1820. An urban historian and architect, she portrays housewives and politicians as well as designers and builders making the decisions that have generated America’s diverse suburbs. Residents have sought home, nature, and community in suburbia. Developers have cherished different dreams, seeking profit from economies of scale and increased suburban densities, while lobbying local and federal government to reduce the risk of real estate speculation. Encompassing environmental controversies as well as the complexities of race, gender, and class, Hayden’s fascinating account will forever alter how we think about the communities we build and inhabit.

Preface and Acknowledgments
The American Metropolitan Landscape
The Shapes of Suburbia
The Suburban City
Historic Patterns in the Landscape
Borderlands
Picturesque Enclaves
Streetcar Buildouts
Mail-Order and Self-Built Suburbs
Sitcom Suburbs
Edge Nodes
Rural Fringes
The Next Suburbs
Nostalgia and Futurism
The Importance of Older Suburbs
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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