Crabgrass Frontier The Suburbanization of the United States

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  • Copyright: 1987-04-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 architecturalanalysis, 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 everysection 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.

Author Biography

Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor of History at Columbia University, is the author of The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930; Cities in American History; and a number of other books.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Suburbs as Slumsp. 12
The Transportation Revolution and the Erosion of the Walking Cityp. 20
Home, Sweet Home: The House and the Yardp. 45
Romantic Suburbsp. 73
The Main Line: Elite Suburbs and Commuter Railroadsp. 87
The Time of the Trolleyp. 103
Affordable Homes for the Common Manp. 116
Suburbs into Neighborhoods: The Rise and Fall of Municipal Annexationp. 138
The New Age of Automobilityp. 157
Suburban Development Between the Warsp. 172
Federal Subsidy and the Suburban Dream: How Washington Changed the American Housing Marketp. 190
The Cost of Good Intentions: The Ghettoization of Public Housing in the United Statesp. 219
The Baby Boom and the Age of the Subdivisionp. 231
The Drive-In Culture of Contemporary Americap. 246
The Loss of Community in Metropolitan Americap. 272
Retrospect and Prospectp. 283
Appendixp. 307
Notesp. 329
Indexp. 383
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