Between 1950 and 2000, the number of Americans living in suburbs rose from 23 percent to 50 percent of the total population, and, in a demographic sense, at the beginning of the twenty-first century the United States could truly be considered a suburbanized nation.1 The recent passing of such a milestone obscures a much longer American preoccupation, even obsession, with communities that are neither urban nor rural. The roots of this phenomenon extend back into the nineteenth century, and even automobile-oriented patterns of suburban development have now existed for well over a century. These antecedents fostered a cultural bias that increasingly linked suburban locales with the “good...
Review: Houses for a New World: Builders and Buyers in American Suburbs, 1945–1965, by Barbara Miller Lane
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James A. Jacobs; Review: Houses for a New World: Builders and Buyers in American Suburbs, 1945–1965, by Barbara Miller Lane. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2017; 76 (3): 398–400. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2017.76.3.398
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