Building Suburbia

Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Product Number: EB00170666
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307515261
Publisher: Vintage
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Description

A lively and provocative history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live. 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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Author(s): Dolores Hayden
Original Publish Date: Nov 04, 2009

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