- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (November 9, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375727213
- ISBN-13: 978-0375727214
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 Reprint Edition
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Praise for Dolores Hayden’s Building Suburbia
“An engaging and richly illustrated account [that] makes a landmark contribution to this literature.” —The Nation
“Important. . . . Inviting and lucid. . . . [Hayden] shows us that it was not inevitable that our space turned out quite this way.” —Newsweek
“Provocative. . . . Well worth reading.” —Detroit Free Press
“A rich and rewarding book with new and original material and surprising insights. . . . Beautiful and accessible writing . . . fascinating historical narratives. . . . Unlike most commentators, Hayden goes beyond analysis to propose solutions. . . . A welcome and significant addition.” —Constructs
“A lively and informative overview of the American mania for suburban living. . . . Fascinating.” —Audubon Naturalist News
“A fascinating book, as well as an important one.” —Tulsa World
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A 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 regions.
From 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 since 1820. An urban historian and architect, she portrays housewives and politicians as well as designers and builders making 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.
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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 chapters.
Hayden includes excellent end notes and a selected bibliography that is worthwhile to have on your shelf. Since this book was written in 2003, the bibliography is chock full of RECENT books on urban studies that allow the student or casual reader to follow up in any number of directions.
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Despite stylistic critiques, I believe the text to be very good and importantly, recent in scope.