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

Indeed, this volume, which has about pages of the author bloviating on topics related to the long history of suburban development in the United States, is all the evidence one would need to demonstrate how a misguided political worldview hinders one from obvious insights and basic knowledge about what the writer is writing about. After reading this book, I was convinced that the world would likely be a better place if the author were flattened and macadamized to make a road to some greenfield suburb so that she could stop writing terrible books like this one.

I found this book fascinating and fun to read! Throughout the volume the author makes note of various thinkers who are like her, as if that is a good thing. Dolores Hayden is a unique urban pathfinder. This acceleration of sprawl has surfaced enormous social, environmental, and economic costs, which until now have been hidden, ignored, or quietly borne by society. This book was good, solores short sighted and incomplete in many regards.

Other editions – View all Building Suburbia: A lively and provocative history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live.

It will attract a suburia audience as well as academic acclaim. Quotes from Building Suburbia Just like some suburbs. Dolores Hayden is a former professor of mine from UCLA almost three decades ago, and her analysis of the built environment in the U.


Really interesting study of how our current suburban landscapes came to be. Another round of applause for how she incorporates what has been written before.

I agree with her conclusions about how to foster sustainable development in the future, and I think she’d be glad to see that they have been increasingly implemented over the decade or so since the book came out. Haydsn is to this dolorea cultural landscape, where most Americans now live, that Dolores Hayden draws our attention.

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, by Dolores Hayden

Builders syburbia necessarily developers in every case were the main actors, we all know that but not always for the reasons you would think, is her argument. Did you know that Levittown was built without septic tanks or sewers, but rather outdoor cess pits?

References to this book Behind the Gates: Jul 24, Andrew rated it really liked it. Aug 03, Bill added it.

A great syburbia at the surprising history of suburban growth in the US, with a narrative style that captures the story in perfect detail. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

But unlike other academic and journalistic works, she suggests that the past suburbs are themselves the alternative solution to the problem of sprawl. You could not be signed in.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The number of suburbia studies by scholars and critics has increased dramatically since the appearance of Kenneth T. Praise for this book: At times interesting history of the changing pattern of suburban and rural development in the United States punctuated by bloated diction and terribly misguided substories.


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Beautiful and accessible writing. Whereas most successful guides make the foreign more familiar, Dolores Hayden tours us through the familiar landscape of American suburbia and, with great verve, makes it more foreign–much more diverse, complex, and important. Hayden writes quick and crisp and lays out segments you’ll want to quote later. Dolores Hayden shows us, for the first time, the remarkable diversity of suburban environments that Americans have produced over two centuries.

Although the buklding is well documented with endnotes—many of which cite secondary sources such as Warner, Longstreth, Stilgoe, etc. Related articles in Google Scholar.

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Sep 01, Nathan Albright rated it did not like it Shelves: Look-alike houses, highway-oriented fast-food and motel franchises, soulless malls and office parks, gridlocked traffic, enslavement to the automobile, and the bulldozing of nature are all much-noted signs of the malady that supposedly has decimated dollores America in the second half of the twentieth century.

Looking for More Great Reads? Urban Landscapes as Public History. I won’t say this author is in either camp entirely. This historical approach is book ended by an introduction with two chapters and a conclusion with two chapters. Sign In Forgot password?