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Unplanned Suburbs: Toronto's American Tragedy, 1900 to 1950 (Creating the North American Landscape) Hardcover – April 2, 1996

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Product Details

  • Series: Creating the North American Landscape
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (April 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801851424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801851421
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,397,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A remarkably informative, exhaustively researched book detailing the growth of Toronto during a formative period." -- Urban Studies

"The book is remarkable for its breadth, depth, and accuracy. Especially for the early years, statistical data on housing construction, demographics, and infrastructure availability was erratically and inconsistently maintained, if at all. Unplanned Suburbs stands out... impressively as an excellent historical research primer." -- APA Journal

"Harris tells a nearly forgotten story... If he is right about Toronto's suburban history being typical of North America, an entire chapter of it -- the owner-built blue-collar suburb -- has simply dropped out of memory." -- Planning

"Harris has found plenty of evidence for his argument in municipal documents, newspaper accounts, and company records... But the real strength of his book lies in its human dimension: what it meant to live fairly far out, without much public transportation. Women were isolated and overworked, houses had no piped water, and families were so strapped for cash to buy building materials that many children left school at fourteen to work in the factories. On top of that, new municipalities soon raised taxes to pay for services... Harris's work reminds us that not all suburbanites were affluent. It also raises fascinating theoretical questions about the nature of class, housing, and city planning." -- Landscape Architecture

"An important and exciting book." -- Mary Corbin Sies, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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Adds a new dimension to North American urban history.

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