Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000

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by Dolores Hayden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375727213

ISBN-13: 9780375727214

Pub. Date: 11/09/2004

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375727214
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/09/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
820,648
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Part One THE AMERICAN METROPOLITAN LANDSCAPE

One: The Shapes of Suburbia
Two: The Suburban City

Part Two HISTORIC PATTERNS IN THE LANDSCAPE

Three: Borderlands
Four: Picturesque Enclaves
Five: Streetcar Buildouts
Six: Mail-Order and Self-Built Suburbs
Seven: Sitcom Suburbs
Eight: Edge Nodes
Nine: Rural Fringes

Part Three THE NEXT SUBURBS

Ten: Nostalgia and Futurism
Eleven: The Importance of Older Suburbs

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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