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

by Dolores Hayden

ISBN 0375727213 / 9780375727214 / 0-375-72721-3
Publisher Vintage
Language English
Edition Softcover
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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 Americas 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 Americas 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, Haydens fascinating account will forever alter how we think about the communities we build and inhabit. [via]