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Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 - 03 edition

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780375727214

ISBN10: 0375727213

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 by Dolores Hayden - ISBN 9780375727214
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 2003
International: No
Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 by Dolores Hayden - ISBN 9780375727214

ISBN13: 9780375727214

ISBN10: 0375727213

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

A lively history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live, Building Suburbia chronicles two centuries in the birth and development of America's metropolitan regions.

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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