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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To ask other readers questions about Crabgrass Frontierplease sign up. IT clips right along with crisp prose and held my interest from the suburbs of eighteenth-century LOndon to America’s first “walking cities” through the s, when it was published.

But it frabgrass isn’t. This comprehensive history of suburbia not only establishes why American suburbs are so different from those from across the world, but delves into the full subudbanization of factors that led to their creation: Oxford University Press- History – pages.

suvurbanization This first portion constructs the framework for what is to follow in the second half, which focuses on the twentieth century. He argues unlted this is not a new phenomena, but goes back to the nineteenth century. Frnotier was also published in and hasn’t been updated. These styles created an image of low-density living in neighborhoods with detached homes with yards as the new American ideal rather than row houses. Basically, the European logic was that the farther you had to travel to work, the worse off your social standing was–quite unimaginable to most Americans who work in the city!

Any suburban development in this country was clearly going to be different with the amount of land that planners had available to exploit and with the number of cars owned which Jackson illustrates with tables. At the same time, home loan and insurance policies favored the suburbs heavily, stifling attempts by those in the city to improve or protect their buildings.

In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: Wealth and technology first allowed a prosperous minority to establish separate country residences, and later government policy made ex-urban living the easiest stafes to make, resulting in it becoming the cultural norm. One of the problems one encounters when one wishes to read about suburbs and their developments is that those who are engaged in the process of building homes for others are too busy engaged in the work, so that those who write about this process by which people are able to get detached houses with a bit of grass and garden around their single-family dwellings are written about by those who hate the process and who wish that the United States would be like corrupt big government European nations unite those that have imitated that crqbgrass example around the world, where the city is chosen because of the power it brings, rather than people preferring to be free on the peripheries [1].


Crabgrass Frontier

Brody, Spring 2. One of the key learnings that I took away from this is that suburbanization was not simply the sole problem of the automobile. As the field of architecture professionalized, home designers guided the public in creating homes that conveyed certain styles or tones.

While the overall benefits to the economy as a whole were delivered, I suspect that the racism built into those acts was simply a reflection of attitudes at the time and wasn’t really recognised as racism. Du Bois, and Manning Marable. The outcome of these various attempts failed to live up to expectations, but the HOLC did provide the advantage of uniform loan payments for home purchases with the possibility of loan renewals. The steam locomotive in the mid 19th century provided the wealthy with the means to live in bucolic surroundings, to socialize in country clubs [5] and still commute to work downtown; these were the ” railroad suburbs “.

Classic history of suburbanization. Anyone who’s ever lived in or wants to live in a suburb and anti-suburb sympathizers.

The work, which Jackson introduces as an extended essay, ends with a reflection on where the suburbs are taking the American people. Moreover, it taught me about the pervasive power a conservatism based on selective memory and benign ignorance has to maintain structural inequalities. Knited I just read a stat that low-density suburbs grew more in than any other area. Selected pages Title Page.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States – Kenneth T. Jackson – Google Books

Du Bois, and Paul Finkelman. Jackson Limited preview – The larger ring of prosperous suburbs is protected from financial obligations by autonomous local government while still able to benefit from the structural benefits of the nearby downtown hub. Public transport layed the foundation for people to no longer have to learn to co-exist across social lines, but the car began to erase public life crabgrasa a whole.


He does a great job of unearthing and presenting the federal government’s awful role in enforcing and promoting segregation through the FHA and HOLC, but it seems to sttaes he fails to fully engage with the issue of racism, or its manifestation among white Americans themselves.

Or, more honestly, they did have a place–in the crowded inner cities that the white middle class began to abandon once trains, frabgrass, and the automobile made it possible to do so. Boring and highly informative, just as I expected. However, while a lot of the motivations for the creation of suburbia were racially motivated, Jackson reveals that crzbgrass New Deal thwarted some plans for white flight. In New York inpersons were killed by horses and horse-drawn vehicles.

Yet, while Jackson mentioned the presence of service workers in upper class suburbs, he lent the impression that they did not represent true suburbanites. Anyone who has flirted with the subject of housing in 20th century America will probably be familiar with some of Jackson’s points on the effect of the automobile on the city and other similar observations, but this book should definitely be held superior for its simple delivery of dynamic insights.

In close reading, what stands out are the meta questions about place, use and geography and perhaps this social geography is the reading that has the most relevance for me.

Later modes of transport would allow for a greater geographic spread, but there were other factors involved as well.