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 . Crabgrass Frontier is the first book to trace the growth of suburbs in America from their origins in the ‘s–in Brooklyn Heights opposite Manhattan–until the. JOHN O’LOUGHLIN. CRABGRASS FRONTIER: The Suburbanization of the United States. By. KENNETH T. JACKSON. x and pp.; maps, diagrs., ills., index.

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He divides his book into sections wh Jackson argues that suburbs have been a part of the growth of American cities from nearly the very beginning of their founding, much earlier than the standard post-war narrative of suburbanization. Also dominant in the book is the notion that the wealthy began the flight from the city first — something that the middle classes uinted emulated as city tax rates gradually increased to pay for resulting urban problems – as the poorer classes remained in the older central urban areas.

Several state legislatures have even compelled cities to offer their services to suburbs without receiving corresponding tax payments. Lists with This Book.

Why does the US look so strange compared to other places with big cities, with failing urban cores surrounded by prosperous ticklike, even suburbs? This gap in worldview between writer and reader makes this book, and others like it, of interest mainly to fellow bitter Marxist travelers whose advice is not worth taking anyway.

The Rise and Fall of Municipal Annexation 9. After a short introduction in which the author laments the death of his son shortly before the book was finished, the fronntier discusses that in most of the world, suburbs are synonymous with slums 1 and people seek to live in the city because that is where the power is.


The freeways, for instance, sought to take advantage of the automobile by making downtown and, by extension, the city more accessible, but did the reverse as more people continued to leave.

He is merely providing the history and allowing the history to speak for itself, which stattes far more nuanced than simply allowing us to point a dtates at the evil suburban institution, or for that matter the destructive antagonist of the automobile character. Should they have been more enlightened by the s? What once was a social problem that played out in the public circle has now ignited into a full fledged problem of the private life.

Boring and highly informative, just as I expected. Drawing on a unique set of sources ranging from songs, periodicals, and the writings of cultural icons such as Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau, Jackson constructed a narrative asserting that suburbnization Federal Government’s approach to housing policy and the ways in which individual municipalities handled concepts such as urban renewal contributed to the spread of the suburbs and, more cgabgrass, to their status as racialized spaces.

But I just read a stat that low-density suburbs grew more in than any other area. The ending begins with a fatalism that develops into a somewhat prescient expectation of gentrification and urban renewal.

I was worried that it would be as hyperbolic as Kunstler’s The Long Emergency. Mar 11, Stephen Matlock rated it really liked it.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. First, the built environment and abundant land allowed for a uniquely American character and suburbanizattion and political development. The simplest explanation, however, is that they could. An integral part of this movement required transportation technology and Jackson describes how the emergence of the omnibus in New York City inthe ferry service inand the commuter steam railroad in fronttier helped move people away from the city by opening up options for residential areas away from congested city centers, yet connected to jobs via public transportation systems.


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The Suburbanization of the United States”. This perspective of the suburban movement contrasts with twentieth century versions of the flight from city centers as a racially-motivated shift, so adds valuable context to the reasons for expansion away from city centers. There is a deep problem with an author who can have nice things to say about the atrocious mass public housing efforts during the Great Tje and afterward but has little or nothing nice to say about the suburbs of the United Kingdom, United States, and other settler colonies.

Dec 30, Andrew Fairweather rated it really liked it Shelves: May 25, Jack Leyda rated it really liked it. The big, mean city, with its confidence men and squalor, did not promise the same haven as the suburbs. Jacksons focus is on America, but along the way he provides a window of comparison to the Countries that frobtier on the otherside of the crabgrads pond.

Sep 30, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Some of the book’s prognostications fell flat, and some are still in the process of playing out. The nature, the comfort, etc. Oct 28, Yupa rated it really liked it Unite Other writers and academics have written on the subject of the increasing suburbanization of crabgrazs U.

Perhaps that is why he is so hopeful looking into the future Jan 12, Ted rated it really liked it. Since I’ve lived in foreign towns and cities for 5 years, I’ve seen some of these issues already, but the book made them crystal-clear. He cites the causes as the Further though, it is clear that the biggest problem is one of mindset.

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