Dive deep into Kenneth T. Jackson’s Crabgrass Frontier with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. CRABGRASS. FRONTIER. /1’1. The Suburbanization of the United States. Kenneth 1: Jackson. New York. Oxford. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. -~. Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, In Crabgrass Frontier, Kenneth T.
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After World War IIencouraged by the emergence of new cities of wartime production and government assistance for veteransincreasing numbers of Americans could afford to buy homes. Nov 19, Onefinemess rated it liked it. Civil War came the Age of the Trolley bringing commuting to frontidr middle class and expanding the city.
This perspective of the suburban movement contrasts with twentieth century versions of the flight from city centers as a racially-motivated shift, so adds valuable context to the reasons for expansion away from city centers.
He cites the causes as the Jackson argues that the U. As the twentieth century progressed, suburbanization emerged in response to the growing problems that confronted the urban environment.
A downfall of this book, like other well-known urban planning subject is that it is outdated. The ending begins with a fatalism that develops into a somewhat prescient expectation of gentrification and urban renewal.
When one accounts for the incredible number of people living in places like India and jacksob much of the world, U. This process is long, and the book covers a lot of ground–changes in transportation, building methods, state and federal law, larger socioeconomic changes, and the effect of important historic events.
Notify me of new comments via email. After all, everything that goes up, must come down according to the gravity law Jackson places the beginning of suburbanization in because prior to that, all cities–dating back to jckson beginning of civilization–had been relatively small, compact, and crowded places for the very good reason that people needed to be within walking distance of where the worked, when they did not work where they lived.
As Americans begin to rebuild their cities and the civilization which they foster, this look back at what caused their disintegration will prove most helpful. For him, the net result of Federal Government housing policy was the concentration of the poor in the cities, while middle class, usually white individuals flocked to the suburbs, which were touted as refuges from the crime and moral decay of American cities.
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
Working towards a definition of social geography, I see it as changes in the environment and its use and crabrass those changes — and here is where Jackson shows his social history muscle, by asking those questions with a qualitative answer. Researchers holding this view believe city center populations would have declined even in the absence of highway systems, contending that suburbanization is a long-standing and almost universal process.
And in fact the very final chapter, bearing in mind that this was written in the mid s, contains a really good view of the future – as seen at that time.
Notify me of new posts via email. This book was suggested by my professor for additional readings for my research. Starting around the s, white Americans began an era of suburbanization by leaving cities for more “family oriented” areas.
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It does focus o Easily another classic if you are looking to know more about twentieth century US cultural history. Will the amount of driving that is necessary in suburban life be targeted as unsustainable or will the green canopy of the suburb be seen as negating the impact of the carbon footprint.
He hints at the privatization of American life and discusses the changing nature of shopping and movie-going, but these sections are very brief and skim the surface without much useful analysis. Annals of the Association of American Geographersv. Yet, while Jackson mentioned the presence of service workers in upper class suburbs, he lent the impression that they did not represent true suburbanites.
Oct 02, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: In effect, the government was encouraging the transfer of the middle-class population out of the inner cities and into the suburbs, sometimes with devastating effects on the viability of the city centers. After a short introduction in which the author laments the death of his son shortly before the book was finished, the author discusses that in most of the world, suburbs are synonymous with slums 1 and people seek to live in the city because that is where the ftontier is.
While it is an informational book, Frohtier found enough of it to be presented in an entertaining way to be more than simply details.
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The reality is that there are a variety of crabgdass that suburbs came to develop, and a variety of crabgrasa that they became absorbed into the fabric of our modern day great cities. Jackson and published in Want to Read saving…. This book is exactly 15 years old as I write this review. One might need to find another work, such as Walkable City, to help more fully in navigating where we are now. One person found this helpful. This makes it a bit too detailed on occassions, perhaps a bit harder to get through and I am no fan of reading ad nauseum that old garden city ideal or the building of early havens of wealth and beauty.
In conclusion, Jackson offers jacksoh controversial prediction: Jackson presents a second compelling argument in that the development of suburbs reflected cultural crabhrass about the role of the family and home as places of status and domesticity. In addition to highways to transport suburban residents to the cities and garages in the new suburban homes, post-war suburbs also contributed to new forms of commercialism including the motel, drive-in theaters, fast food, and shopping malls.
This simply means that it stands in danger of being somewhat dated in terms of it’s current application, even if it remains consistently helpful in pointing out the trends froniter developments that brought us to our relatively recent history of redevelopment. The rest of the book works as probably the definitive survey of suburbia.
But before all of that, perhaps the most haunting aspect of this book is the dedication to Jackson’s son, who had died in a car accident.