Bourgeois Nightmares: Suburbia, 1870-1930
The quintessential American suburbs, with their gracious single-family homes, large green lawns, and leaf-shaded streets, reflected not only residents’ dreams but nightmares, not only hopes but fears: fear of others, of racial minorities and lowincome groups, fear of themselves, fear of the market, and, above all, fear of change. These fears, and the restrictive covenants that embodied them, are the subject of Robert M. Fogelson’s fascinating new book.As Fogelson reveals, suburban subdividers attempted to cope with the deep-seated fears of unwanted change, especially the encroachment of “undesirable” people and activities, by imposing a wide range of restrictions on the lots. These restrictions ranged from mandating minimum costs and architectural styles for the houses to forbidding the owners to sell or lease their property to any member of a host of racial, ethnic, and religious groups. These restrictions, many of which are still commonly employed, tell us as much about the complexities of American society today as about its complexities a century ago.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rivkat - LibraryThing
History of restrictive covenants in suburbia, not very well organized but with various interesting details. There is a great story under here, though Fogelson doesn’t do much more than scratch the ... Read full review
Other editions - View all
acres aﬀord African-Americans Americans Angeles apartment houses architectural Association of Real Baltimore billboards Bouton Brendonwood build California century chickens City’s Country Club District Deed Restrictions developers domestic animals eﬀective eﬀort enforce exclusive fences ﬁelds ﬁnd ﬁrm ﬁrst ﬁve Francis Wood Frederick Law Olmsted garden Hancock Park highly restricted Hills homeowners impose restrictions J. C. Nichols Jews Joel Hurt John Charles Olmsted Land landscape late nineteenth live Loeb Library lots minimum cost requirements Monchow neighborhood neighbors nuisance oﬀ oﬀensive oﬀered oﬃces Oldﬁeld Olmsted Brothers Olmsted Records Paciﬁc Palos Verdes Estates Park Company Records Planning proﬁts property owners prospective purchasers Protective Restrictions quote race racial covenants Real Estate Boards residential residents restrictive covenants River Oaks Roland Park Company saloons sell single-family strictions subdividers suburban suburbanites suburbia suburbs Third Annual Conference tions tract U.S. Supreme Court undesirable Vanderlip well-to-do wrote York