Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
In America, in contrast to almost anywhere else in the world, the good life means traveling a long distance to get to work. How and why this came to be our cultural norm is the subject of this long-awaited book.
Because more than two-thirds of all dwellings are single family homes surrounded by an ornamental yard, suburbia is the most distinctive physical characteristic of
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The suburbs, a manifestation of middle-class values, trick their inhabitants into thinking they are the norm. So by telling the history and exploring the dynamics that created suburban USA, Kenneth Jackson's book is a demystification of this society's ideology.
According to this book, the availability of land, the rise of middle-class mores about the nuclear family, the American ideals of freedom, and a fear/disdain for minorities and immigrants ...more
The book itself is an excellent comparative text between American and European suburbs, the emergence of the modern suburb and the government's role in the shaping of US suburbs. It does focus o ...more
Lots of information of value to come away with… but the damning critique of the goverment’s housing policies and the loan appraisal system’s (and a few other things I’m not aware enough to comment on) effect on (and indeed, as prime causes of) urban decay, ghettoization, racial segregation and any mashup concocted between them was the most intriguing pa ...more
This is a book I read for dissertation research. I normally try to keep the more dissertation-y grad school books off of my Goodreads, on the assumption that people aren't interested in them. But i've been doing a lot of historical reading on the development of the suburbs and urban spaces, which is slightly less inside baseball and more aligned with my general interest in spaces. Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. Considered a foundational book in the study of the US suburbs, it really lays out ...more
But really - if you can set aside the poli ...more
"This carriage was called a 'troller' because it was pulled or trolled along the wires. A corr ...more
I learnt a lot about my adoptive country and how this sort of suburbanisation was somewhat unique here compared to other countries.
The author has managed to d ...more
This book is really for anyone who has ever lived in suburbia, scorned suburbia, or wants to live in suburbia. It really is the most complete historical account of American suburbs.
It's tremendously lively; there is plenty of sex and rock n'roll in Jackson's narrative. Learn about walking cities, the Great Depression, and ornamental lawns! (It's really more interesting th ...more
From our pages (Spring/86): "The author traces the growth of suburbs in America from their origins in the 1820s until the present. Combining social history with economic and architectural history, the book discusses suburban communities in every section of the country and compares them with those in Europe and Japan."
"Automobility proved to be far more deadly than war for the United States. It was as if a Pearl ...more