The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 23, 2001 - History - 299 pages
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The concern today about suburban sprawl is not new. In the decades after World War II, the spread of tract-house construction changed the nature of millions of acres of land, and a variety of Americans began to protest against the environmental costs of suburban development. By the mid-1960s, indeed, many of the critics were attempting to institutionalize an urban land ethic. The Bulldozer in the Countryside was the first scholarly work to analyze the successes and failures of the varied efforts to address the environmental consequences of suburban growth from 1945 to 1970. For scholars and students of American history, the book offers a compelling insight into two of the great stories of modern times - the mass migration to the suburbs and the rise of the environmental movement. The book also offers a valuable historical perspective for participants in contemporary debates about the alternatives to sprawl.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Levitts Progress The Rise of the SuburbanIndustrial Complex
15
From the Solar House to the AllElectric Home The Postwar Debates over Heating and Cooling
45
SepticTank Suburbia The Problem of Waste Disposal at the Metropolitan Fringe
87
Open Space The First Protests against the Bulldozed Landscape
119
Where Not to Build The Campaigns to Protect Wetlands Hillsides and Floodplains
153
Water Soil and Wildlife The Federal Critiques of TractHouse Development
189
Toward a Land Ethic The Quiet Revolution in LandUse Regulation
221
Conclusion
255
Selected Bibliography
271
Index
293
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