Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

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Oxford University Press, USA, 1985 - Social Science - 396 pages
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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. 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. He treats communities in every section of the U.S. and compares American residential patterns with those of Japan and Europe. In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: that the future of residential deconcentration will be very different from its past in both the U.S. and Europe.
  

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Review: Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

User Review  - Michael Kallan - Goodreads

Excellent history of suburbanization in the United States that remains very informative nearly thirty years after its (1985) publication. Read full review

Review: Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

User Review  - Jake Cooper - Goodreads

Crabgrass Frontier is (embarrassingly) too academic and detailed for me. I gave up after 100 pages of sentences like "And in Oakland, California, real estate tycoon EC Sessions organized the Oakland Fruit Vale Railway Company in 1875 to service his newly subdivided..." Read full review

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Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor of History at Columbia University, is the author of The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930; Cities in American History; and a number of other books.

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