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

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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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Two centuries of American suburban life are exposed in this fascinating exploration of the "American dream" through the communities that defined it, from nineteenth-century utopian communities to modern suburban communities. Reprint.

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Dolores Hayden is professor of architecture and urbanism and professor of American studies at Yale University. An urban historian and architect, she is the author of Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975; The

About the Author

Dolores Hayden is professor of architecture and urbanism and professor of American studies at Yale University. An urban historian and architect, she is the author of Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790–1975; The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities; Redesigning the American Dream: Gender, Housing, and Family Life; and The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. She lives with her husband and daughter in Guilford, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Part One THE AMERICAN METROPOLITAN LANDSCAPE

One: The Shapes of Suburbia

Two: The Suburban City

Part Two HISTORIC PATTERNS IN THE LANDSCAPE

Three: Borderlands

Four: Picturesque Enclaves

Five: Streetcar Buildouts

Six: Mail-Order and Self-Built Suburbs

Seven: Sitcom Suburbs

Eight: Edge Nodes

Nine: Rural Fringes

Part Three THE NEXT SUBURBS

Ten: Nostalgia and Futurism

Eleven: The Importance of Older Suburbs

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307515261
Subtitle:
Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Hayden, Dolores
Author:
Dolores Hayden
Subject:
Architecture : Planning
Subject:
Architecture : History - General
Subject:
Social Science : General
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Architecture : Landscape
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Architecture-Urban Planning
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20041109
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
318

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"Synopsis" by , Two centuries of American suburban life are exposed in this fascinating exploration of the "American dream" through the communities that defined it, from nineteenth-century utopian communities to modern suburban communities. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , Dolores Hayden is professor of architecture and urbanism and professor of American studies at Yale University. An urban historian and architect, she is the author of Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975; The
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