This book was intensely frustrating to read Indeed, this volume, which has about 250 pages of the author bloviating on topics related to the long history of suburban development in the United States, is all the evidence one would need to demonstrate how a misguided political worldview hinders one from obvious insights and basic knowledge about what the writer is writing about The author seems to think that conservative is a pejorative expression, and it is one she uses often in an ad hominem fashion, as if to be right of center politically is to mean that one s behavior is automatically bad for the ordinary people that the author claims to support After reading this book, I was convinced that the world would likely be a better place if the author were flattened and macadamized to make a road to some greenfield suburb so that she could stop writing terrible books like this one And Exceptional history of American suburban development couldn t bestraightforward.
In particular, as someone who loves Boston s and many of DC s streetcar suburbs, it was helpful to read about some of the problems with streetcar suburb development, and it was very interesting to learnabout the mail order house movement I hadn t realized nearly how dominant it had been during its heyday While I wasfamiliar with much of the post War history discussed, I still learned a bit about some of the shady techniques used by the developers of tract housing, such as building relatively dense suburban communities with septic tanks to avoid spending money on An overall good and informative read, particularly moving past the first chapter on 19th century rich people s houses Did you know that Levittown was built without septic tanks or sewers, but rather outdoor cess pits Levittown s infrastructural defects required, according to the author, a substantial bailout from the state of New York 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 RegionsFrom 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 SinceAn Urban Historian And Architect, She Portrays Housewives And Politicians As Well As Designers And Builders Making Trailer ä Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 PDF by ä Dolores Hayden 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
Dolores Hayden s Building Suburbia Greenfields and Urban Growth, 1820 2000 chronicles 180 years of metropolitan development in the United States that addresses the general reader from the perspective of an urban landscape historian xi Although the book is well documented with endnotes many of which cite secondary sources such as Warner, Longstreth, Stilgoe, etc the overall synthetic presentation is lucid enough to appeal tothan just the scholar of suburban landscapes Hayden successfully demonstrates how such a commonly used word like suburb can be categorized over different periods of history to reveal the nuanced changes in its use and development In organizing her book primarily around explaining the seven different eras and types of suburban development, Hayden continually refers back to the common suburban theme of conflict betwe ↠´ Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 ✓ I could give you some excellent examples of my suburban cred I ll give you two I would ride my bike to y tiny side or back yard, and just leave it laying there til i wanted to ride it again.
I had no idea how to take a bus until I was a teenager and then still got confused.
Lucky for me, my urban mother moved me to the city when I was a teenager and I escaped its grown up clutches Maybe because of that, I go back to that suburb and find sweet things to muse about almost every time.
Suburbia has its many detractors It has few supporters I won t say this author is in either camp entirely She does seem to understand them, which of course is the first step to changing them.
7 vernacular patterns of suburbia I had no idea But now I do I can roam the old cities I see and find the patterns from borderlands Ohio City in Cleveland to the Garden District in New Orleans , p Building Suburbia is a capable synthesis of historical and recent scholarship on the development of the suburbs in America Hayden, a professor of architecture and urbanism and professor of American Studies at Yale, knows what she is talking about It was clear to me that this book is written for a general, rather then specialized audience.
Hayden s writting style is easy to understand, and she provides multiple in text illustrations and photographs to illuminate the text The book tracks the historical development of suburbs in time the subtitle is Green Fields and Urban Growth 1820 2000 She starts with Borderlands , then covers Picturesque Enclaves , Streetcar Buildouts , Mail Order and Self Built Suburbs , Sitcom Subrurbs , Edge Nodes and Rural Fringes This historical approach is book ended by an introduction with two chapters and a conclusion with two cha At times interesting history of the changing pattern of suburban and rural development in the United States punctuated by bloated diction and terribly misguided substories In particular the hamhanded effort to paint much of urban development as a racist plot against minorities That part is bad enough, but the sophomoric feminist rant against male driven family structures allegedly perpetuated by modern suburbs that is tactlessly slapped onto the text sends the book from the realm of being merely poorly edited into near unreadability Edge City Life on the New Frontier Does a far better job of addressing the race question in regard to urban development see the Atlanta chapter.
The academic writing style is not my favorite style This is definitely written in that style The book does do a good job of explaining the history of and development of the rural and suburban life style and I enjoyed those parts I however couldn t get over the random feminist rants and odd ideas about race and the urban environments I am obviously not the target audience for this book Readslike a doctorate dissertation than a readable history book I gave it two stars because the history part was sound and interesting and would of gave itstars except for the obvious political bias that hit you over the head over and over again.