Westchester: The American Suburb

Westchester: The American Suburb

by Roger Panetta
     
 

Today, more than half of Americans live in suburbs. A far cry from the crabgrass frontierof modest bedroom communities built for urban strivers, today's sprawling, self-contained suburbs define our cultural landscape.This fascinating book chronicles-in word and images-the history, development, and character of suburban America with an illuminating account of one of

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Today, more than half of Americans live in suburbs. A far cry from the crabgrass frontierof modest bedroom communities built for urban strivers, today's sprawling, self-contained suburbs define our cultural landscape.This fascinating book chronicles-in word and images-the history, development, and character of suburban America with an illuminating account of one of its signature places: Westchester, New York.Designed as a companion to a major exhibition at The Hudson River Museum, the book brings together original essays by leading historians and other experts, and a rich selection of photographs, paintings, maps, ephemera, and other images that track more than century of growth, development, and change. The essays explore key themes that run through Westchester's legacy: the new transportation grids that make all suburbs possible, the suburban house as a new focal point for family life, the creation of a new domesticity, consumerism and community, architecture and nature. Also covered is the representation of suburban life in film, literature, art, photography, and the media. From Washington Irving's Sunnyside home built in 1830 to the virtual New Rochelle home of The Dick Van Dyke Show's Rob and Laura Petrie, Westchester has been the iconic American suburb-loved and hated, desired and abandoned. Like the exhibition whose name it shares, this book is not just a testimony to a time gone by-but a vivid and provocative encounter with the porches, patios, and parkways that define the American dream.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823225934
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
2
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 9.92(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : suburban redux : Westchester County as the American paradigm
1Westchester, the American suburb : a new narrative5
2What is suburbia? : naming the layers in the landscape, 1820-200077
3The lure of the country103
4Glenview : chapters in the life of a suburban estate137
5Westchester County : historic suburban neighborhoods179
6The suburban house217
7Suburban transportation redefined : America's first parkway247
8Market in the meadows : the development and impact of Westchester's cross county shopping center, 1947-1956291
9Dreams delivered : following diversity's path in Westchester327
10Domesticity and its discontents345
11Westchester : the suburb in fiction373
12Images of suburban life in American films411

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