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Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, Front Cover. Dolores Hayden. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 4. Hayden asks hard questions about who has benefited from the suburban Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, Dolores Hayden. Dolores Hayden’s Building Suburbia: Greenfields and Urban Growth, chronicles “ years of metropolitan development in the United States” that.

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Although this idea is not fully flushed out here in the conclusion dolorees the book, it does demonstrate a more constructive view of addressing the American paradox of largely condemning but also preferring suburban housing.

Unable to appreciate and enjoy the United States volores its development as it is, and comment that the gigantism in terms of politics and business is a serious problem that leads to a great deal of the sprawl that we find, the author consistently urges a desire for high-density construction even having nice words to say about massive socialistic housing projects and intrusive neighbors, and disregards the consistent American preference for low-density construction that provides a sense of distance between personal life and the problems of the buildinv that we wish so strenuously to avoid.

And she makes a strong case for the revitalization of existing neighborhoods in place of unchecked new growth on rural fringes. Excellent book that combines a concise history of suburbia in the U. Lucky for me, my urban mother moved me to the city when I was a teenager and I escaped its grown-up clutches. Over and over again, the author makes snarky comments about conservative people, and posits a false dilemma between the desire of Americans to escape living in the city and avoid the high-density sort of housing that the author hayddn and the businesses that provide for that through property speculation and development.

The Shapes of Suburbia Two: And as is so often the case in books that deal with property and development [1], the worldview error of the author is the central problem from which the book’s failure flows.

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, – Dolores Hayden – Google Books

It is to this contested cultural landscape, where most Organization of American Historians members Sign in via society site. I could give you some excellent examples of my suburban cred-I’ll dolorfs you two: Whether it be socioeconomic exclusion in 19th century streetcar suburbs; redlining, racial covenants, or physical walls used to exclude African-Americans from the mid-century sitcom suburbs, or imbalance tax codes that leave single women out of home ownership in the edge node developments of the s, Hayden does not shy away from exposing inequalities espoused by both corporations and government agencies throughout American history.

At a time when debates about suburbia are dominated by smart growth and new urbanism, Hayden’s important book provides both a much needed dolorss perspective and a vision of a future in which the suburbs are reused and not abandoned. Hayden asks hard questions about who has benefited from the suburban building process and about “smart” growth and “green” building.

My complaint is that it’s a little too brief for me, I would have enjoyed more detail.

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The author seems to think that “conservative” is a pejorative expression, and it is one she uses often in an ad homin This book was intensely frustrating to read. Building Suburbia is compelling and beautifully written Interesting perspective on suburban sprawl, particularly because it hayddn the point that it is not a new phenomenon.

Aug 03, Bill added it. Maybe because of that, I go back to that suburb and find sweet things to muse about almost every time. I had no idea. Of course, the book almost sjburbia three stars for a single sent Hayden does a good job of systematically describing the history of the suburb.

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Jun 24, Rachael Richardson rated it liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. An urban historian and architect, she is the author dolords Seven American Utopias: A comprehensive history of the evolution of the suburbs.

A little too much “tell” not “show” but decent nevertheless. Hayden reveals seven basic landscape patterns that have brought us to the present, from nineteenth-century utopian communities and elite picturesque enclaves to early twentieth-century streetcar subdivisions and owner-built tracts to the vast postwar sitcom suburbs and the subsidized malls and office parks that followed.

Dolores Hayden is a former professor of mine from UCLA almost three decades ago, and her analysis of the built environment in the U. Read it Forward Read it first.

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000

Apr 02, Samuel rated it really liked it. Exceptional history of American suburban development—couldn’t be more straightforward. Hayden does a good job of systematically describing the history of the suburb. Her closing chapters talk poignantly about h One of the best books anywhere on anything.

Dolores Hayden shows us, for the first time, the remarkable diversity of suburban environments that Americans have produced over two centuries.