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Urbn 2000 - Introduction to Urban Studies
Introduction to Urban Studies Documents

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Suburbia is a term that was coined in the the 1950s by social critics who felt that suburban life represented the worst aspects of both urban and rural life Suburbs have often been detracted by their critics as ugly tacky mediocre conformist and boring However by the 1970s more Americans lived in suburbs than cities If they re so bad why did everyone seem to want to live in them The main critics of suburbs in the 1950s particularly sociologists some lamented the loss of traditional closeknit communities Gemeinschaft others thought that cities should be the centers of culture and social order To both suburbs were inferior Rise of what some called mass society loss of traditional community ties dependence on technology increasingly impersonal social relations Levittown NY A new model for suburban life Abraham Levitt as a company our position is simply this we can solve a housing problem or we can try to solve a racial problem But we can t combine the two As a Jew I have no room in my mind or heart for racial prejudice but if we sell one house to a Negro family then 90 to 95 percent of our white customers will not buy into the community That is their attitude not ours Herbert Gans concluded that Levittown was not a community because there were loose economic and social ties there It was simply a loose network of groups and institutions existing in one geographical area But he observed Levittowners did not come looking for a sense of community they came to set up a traditional family unit in a new private house Los Angeles Rio Vista CA The Rise of Gated Communities and McMansions Edge Cities Tysons Corner VA All of these new terms that are emerging technoburb edge city postsuburbia urban sprawl exurb Make it clear that categories of urban suburban and rural are not so simple The biggest influence on all of this has been the automobile and the blessing and curse of the US having so much space Exploring Lifestyle Clusters Rises in Suburban Poverty and the Return of the



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