Suburbanization: Support of the Process Analytical Essay by ABCs

Suburbanization: Support of the Process
A review of the literature with regards to rationalizing the process of suburbanization.
# 114344 | 2,372 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 07, 2009 in Sociology (Theory) , Environmental Studies (Urban Issues) , Geography (General)

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This paper discusses the rationale in support of the process of suburbanization. It provides a review of four books concerning suburbanization to determine which argument is most compelling in explaining these trends. Specifically, the paper examines "Picture Windows: How the Suburbs Happened" by Rosalyn Baxandall and Elizabth Ewen, "Sprawl: A Compact History" by Robert Bruegmann, "Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000" by Dolores Hayden and "Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States" by Kenneth Jackson.

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From the Paper:

"The research showed that throughout history, mankind has sought out the comfort, security and prosperity that tend to go hand-in-hand with living in close proximity to others. The research also showed that as people became more and more densely packed into these urban areas, the disadvantages of urban living became more apparent. Over time, various innovations have facilitated the move from these urban areas to suburban settings, including improved transportation, housing construction techniques, the availability of mortgage financing and even mail-order catalogs that provided those living in the suburbs with access to the same consumer goods enjoyed by their urban counterparts. In fact, although the primary beneficiaries of this most recent wave of suburbanization have been the affluent and for the most part, white Americans, things are changing and increasingly, low-income and minority families are also becoming part of the suburban landscape. In the final analysis, while none of these texts provide a completely comprehensive explanation as to how and why suburbanization occurred in the fashion it did in the United States over the years, Picture Windows by Baxandall and Ewen appears to provide the best analysis of how these trends have actually played out, at least in America."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baxandall, Rosalyn and Elizabeth Ewen. Picture Windows: How the Suburbs Happened. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
  • Bruegmann, Robert. Sprawl: A Compact History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • Hayden, Dolores. Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000. New York: Pantheon, 2003.
  • Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

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