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 . Crabgrass Frontier is the first book to trace the growth of suburbs in America from their origins in the ‘s–in Brooklyn Heights opposite Manhattan–until the. JOHN O’LOUGHLIN. CRABGRASS FRONTIER: The Suburbanization of the United States. By. KENNETH T. JACKSON. x and pp.; maps, diagrs., ills., index.
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He cites the causes as the Perhaps most noted is that this is not necessarily an opinion piece.
First, the built environment and abundant land allowed for a uniquely American character and physical and political development. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Yet, while Jackson mentioned the presence of service workers in upper class suburbs, he lent the impression that they did not represent true suburbanites. This first portion constructs the framework for what is to follow in the second half, which focuses on the twentieth century.
In in newly rebuilt Chicagoa new type of building appeared, ‘ balloon frame ,’ that “would absorb most of the population growth of the United States over the next one hundred and fifty years”. There comes a comment about the ghettoization of public housing that resulted because of a laudable unwillingness to make property rights insecure to put public housing in areas where its residents were not wanted 12a look at the baby boom and the age of the suburbanizatiin 13the drive-in culture of contemporary America 14some whining about the loss of community in metropolitan American 15and some stunningly false prophecies about the revitalization of crabgrss hipster urban ideal and the end of suburbs In addition, there is no significant evidence directly linking the development of highway systems to declining suburbaanization populations.
Jackson presented a strong argument that advanced several important historiographical themes that characterized urban scholarship. However, while a lot of the motivations for the creation of suburbia were racially motivated, Jackson reveals that the Uinted Deal thwarted some plans for white flight. In understanding how on earth American cities developed as they did, there is probably no better place to start than this book.
The epilogue is dated; many of Jackson’s predictions haven’t come true.
This history of the suburb is valuable in so many ways, but I found the organization of the book with the many sub-headings made it seem like reading the text for a documentary and I kept hearing the accompanying voice of a narrator in my head. My library Help Advanced Book Search. In addition to highways to transport suburban residents to the cities and garages in the new suburban homes, post-war suburbs also contributed to new forms of commercialism including the motel, drive-in theaters, fast food, and shopping malls.
These styles created an image of low-density living in neighborhoods with detached homes with yards as the new American ideal rather than row houses. Archived from the original PDF on Jackson 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.
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
The Loss of Community in Metropolitan America Unlike Europe, however, Crqbgrass America offered for purchase a vast landscape at cheap prices, meaning that suburban growth was not limited to the wealthy at least, not for long.
Jackson correctly predicts frontiet that some of the forces that lead to the increase of the suburbs will also lead to their inevitable decline. One of the problems one encounters when one wishes to read about suburbs and their developments is that those who are engaged in the process of building homes for others are too busy engaged in the work, so that those who write about this process by which people are able to get detached houses with a bit of grass and garden around their single-family dwellings are written about by those who hate the process and who wish that the United States statse be like corrupt big government European nations and those that have imitated that malign example around the world, where the city is chosen because of the power it brings, rather than people preferring to be free on the peripheries .
In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: The rest of the book uunited as probably the definitive survey of suburbia. Having been written in the s, the book anticipates, but is not Another book in the series of seminal urbanist books I want to read instead of actually going to grad school, this book crabgarss the economic, social, historical, racial, philosophical, etc.
Since I’ve lived in foreign towns and cities for 5 years, I’ve seen some of these issues already, but the book made them crystal-clear.
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson
To compound matters, efforts to bring people back into the city backfired. In these days of fashionable effeminacy and flabby feebleness, which never walks when it can possibly ride, the horse-car virtually fixes the ultimate limits of suburban growth.
While I found myself wanting more, I appreciated the broader context in which to place my desires. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Those policies changed forever the fate of American cities and the nature of our suburbs, with implications of course for race, opportunity, education, and individual prosperity. Jul 21, Nicky rated it liked it. Jackson Limited preview – Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, 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.
At the same time, the Anglo-American disdain for cities combined with the desire of wealthier residents of large cities for separation from the crowded and often unhealthy conditions in places like New York City or Philadelphia led to development of the first suburbs, which were isolated, and exclusively for the rich and their lower-class servants.
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Perhaps even more fascinating is the way Jackson outlines the misguided notions of “country living”. The only reason why I wouldn’t give it five stars is there’s a little bit of overkill in the numbers of examples and the evidence it provides. Will the amount of driving that is necessary in suburban life tne targeted as unsustainable or will the green canopy of the suburb be seen as negating the impact of the carbon footprint.
This book is a fascinating social history of America covering years – s to s.
Having been written in the s, the book anticipates, but is not aware of, a lot of the changes in urbanism that have been happening in the past year. In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: 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. As the field of architecture professionalized, home designers guided the public in creating homes that conveyed certain styles or tones.
He provides statistical analysis for financial reasons to move further from jobs and psychological and social reasons for moving away from city congestion to create residential retreats.