Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

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In America, in contrast to almost anywhere else in the world, the good life means traveling a long distance to get to work. How and why this came to be our cultural norm is the subject of this long-awaited book. Because more than two-thirds of all dwellings are single family homes surrounded by an ornamental yard, suburbia is the most distinctive physical characteristic of modern American society. Crabgrass Frontier is the first book to trace the growth of suburbs in America from their origins in the 1820's--in Brooklyn ...

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Dec 3, 2009

Jackson has such a wonderful take on his subject. Lovely book with remarkable historical accuracy.

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