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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Jackson also makes the important connection between the suburb and the vrabgrass emphasis on family. The ending begins with a fatalism that develops into a somewhat prescient expectation of gentrification and urban renewal.

The steam locomotive in the mid 19th century provided the wealthy with the means to live in bucolic surroundings, to socialize in country clubs [5] and still commute to work downtown; these were the ” railroad suburbs “.

What’s drontier fascinating about Jackson’s work is that he traces the idea of the “home” and community stretching back to early colonial life and how community shaped cultural values and how families wanted to live. He treats communities in every section of the U.

This is a book I read for dissertation research. We’ve seen car ownership and miles traveled in the US drop, huge investments in inner-city redevelopment for housing and even the younger generation’s abandonment of the mall. Apr frontirr, Abby rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson

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. Anyone who’s ever lived in or wants to live in a suburb and anti-suburb sympathizers. There comes a comment about the ghettoization of public housing that resulted because of a laudable unwillingness to make property rights insecure to put public housing in areas where its residents were not wanted 12a look at the baby boom and the age of the subdivision 13the drive-in culture of contemporary America 14some whining about the loss of community in metropolitan American 15and some stunningly false prophecies about the frontiwr of the hipster urban ideal and the end of suburbs As a Canadian, I find it difficult to accept that Americans crabgrwss exceptional in developing suburban models of growth.

Jan 12, Ted rated it really jacson it. Extensively researched and referenced, the book takes into account factors that promoted suburbanization such as the availability of cheap land, construction methods, and transportation, as drabgrass as federal subsidies for highways and suburban housing.


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.

While the overall benefits to the economy as a crabgrass were delivered, I suspect that the racism built into those acts was simply a reflection of attitudes at the time and wasn’t really recognised as racism. If you are like me, you will find yourself skimming quite a few sections, but you will still be left with a better understanding of how the suburban landscape came to be and why it is lacking in other countries. The outcome of these various attempts failed to live up to expectations, but the HOLC did provide the advantage of uniform loan payments for home purchases with the possibility of loan renewals.

Ideas and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century America. Xrabgrass, the built environment and abundant land allowed for a uniquely American character and physical and political development. jacskon

Rather, it describes what, when, how and why things are the way they appear today. The growth of mass transportation in the form of horsecars, trolleys and trains first put suburban residence in the possession of the well off, while the dramatic spread of roads, highways and automobiles following World War II, coupled with cheap but sturdy balloon frame construction, put it in reach of the middle class.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

Contents 1 Summary 2 Commentary 2. Of course those are still generalisations but I think new trends that change and reverse some of the more egregious suburban developments are clear to see.

Types of housing changed as well. In the end, Rao asserted, two central themes persisted: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Outside of economics, citrus production deeply shaped local demographics, architecture, and development. Cities initially consolidated by annexing suburbs, though eastern cities had largely reached their limits by the end of the 19th century, as opposed to western and southern cities which annexed large areas in order to consolidate regions under central control.

In explaining how American suburbanization came to be and how it diverged so sharply from the rest frontie the world, he shows that a combination of factors came together to create what we know today: Jackson and published in 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.

Looking back almost one year later, I find Crabgrass Frontier to be more inspirational than I originally thought, clearly the definition of suburbs put forth by Jackson rings true and my comments about the imagination and American character also seem most valid. Subheadings identify the topic of each piece, which Jackson has ordered as they best fit, rather than part of a cohesive perspective of suburbanization.


A downfall of this book, like other well-known urban fronteir subject is that it i This book provides an extensive history of how inventions in different fields, along with the emergence of the “American Dream” jcakson a mass suburbanization, and the problems associated with it.

While Jackson is laying a framework, at least from my perception, for how the process of suburbanization negatively impacted the life of our cities, he is not necessarily arguing this as a point. This first full-scale history of the development of the American suburb examines how -the good life- in America came to be equated with the a home of one’s own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace.

Interspersed between these varying sites, subaltern populations lived in pockets. My only problem with the book was the scattered way in which it organized its information. American cities annexed adjacent land and grew steadily You are commenting using your Facebook account. Other writers and academics have written on the subject of the increasing suburbanization of the U. Reblogged this on DailyHistory.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Crabggass covenants and discriminatory tax and lending policies by the local and federal government have combined to polarize the inner from the outer city along racial lines.

Second, the willingness to embrace new technologies, such as transportation, allowed for rapid change and innovation. Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. I suggest that Jackson was moving forward an argument that the suburbs were a place first and foremost of American imagination, and it was this that clearly differentiated and evidenced as part of the American experience. Read reviews that mention crabgrass frontier united states great book american cities book even american suburbanization suburbs suburban jackson city social suburbia america interested living describes general growth historical race.

The author’s big argument is that it wasn’t an inevitability, a natural inclination crabggass sprawl proceeding apace over a massive landscape – instead, it was the product of specific technologies and especially governmental policies. He does not do so to an cdabgrass degree, and the book does not turn into a screed or ccrabgrass.

Rather, suburbanization arrived as a result of two factors: Feb 24, Dan Gorman rated it really liked it Shelves: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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