Crabgrass Frontier (MP3 CD)

The Suburbanization of the United States

By Kenneth T. Jackson, James Patrick Cronin (Read by)

Audible Studios on Brilliance, 9781522666837

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/16/1987)

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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.

The accompanying reference guide is included as a PDF on this disc.