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 places the beginning of suburbanization in because prior to that, all cities–dating back to the beginning of civilization–had been relatively small, compact, and crowded places for the very good reason that people needed to be within walking distance of where the worked, when they frontied not work where they lived.

The Suburbanization of the United States.

Farmers could turn a profit on as little as 10 acres of land. In fact, it began long before its emergence on the modern landscape. Jan 23, James rated it it was amazing. Jackson presents a compelling argument that the American suburb has developed along a trajectory different than other nations due to the availability of land and the idealization of the home as a middle class goal. From this framework, the suburb was created not by squeezing people out, but by expanding the walking city work-residence pattern as new transportation technology emerged.

Neighborhoods outside of the city would keep white upper cdabgrass middle class children away from the harshness of city life.

The work, which Jackson introduces as an extended essay, ends with a reflection on where the suburbs are taking the American people. Establishing who developed what, when, and for how much can become a nearly impossible task, especially when rent-seeking officials jealously guard access to important documents. There is a lot wrong with this book, and little that is right.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Oct 13, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: A downfall of this book, like other well-known urban planning subject is that it is outdated. Nevertheless, it is an important book that draws a wide lens on a phenomenon that has shaped American life over the past two centuries.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Immigration, in particular, serves as a critical factor in modern urbanity, Jackson asserted. I’d like to find a similar volume that brings Jackson’s account up to the present day, say addressing how online retailing has impacted cities and suburbia and more details on how the revitalization of U.

Jackson traces the emergence of this movement to city peripheries as a purposeful choice for elite and middle class in early years of the nineteenth century, nearly a century prior to more recent notions of post-war or white flight housing development strategies.


After a short introduction in which the author laments the death of his son shortly before the book was finished, the author discusses that in most of the world, suburbs are synonymous with slums 1 and people seek to live in the city because that is where the power is. His comparison with Europe are helpful but I wish he made more as well as more to Asian cities he only mentions Japan a few times. Trivia About Crabgrass Frontie Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Motivated by a cultural preference for country homes over city living, enabled by the widespread availability of open land –and technological innovations like the rail line and automobile which used that land as a broad canvas to draw an entirely new kind of urban landscape – and further encouraged by government support, the Americans thus became suburbanized.

Even though this book is relatively old, it contains arguments and definitions which are pretty much valid today, and predictions made about a city and countryside comeback due to suburbs decay and the rejection – at least for the most part – of a fragmented labor force, with white-color professionals working from the comfort and convenience of their own homes have proven to be accurate.

There was so much amazing info I took 25 screencaps of Kindle pages I’m happy to send them if you doubt any of the below points! In addition, there is no significant evidence directly linking the development of highway systems to declining urban populations.

Retrieved from ” http: 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 revitalization of the hipster urban ideal and the end of suburbs Jackson examined the New Deal ‘s contributions to public housing and concludes that “the result, if not the intent, of the public housing program of the United States was to segregate the races, to concentrate the disadvantaged in inner cities, and to reinforce the image of suburbia as a place of refuge for the problems of race, crime, and poverty.

This history of the suburb is valuable in so many ways, but I found the organization of the book with the many sub-headings made it seem like reading the text for a documentary and I kept hearing the accompanying voice of a narrator in my head. Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, and taking into account such factors as the availability of cheap land, inexpensive building methods, and rapid transportation, Kenneth Jackson chronicles the phenomenal growth of the American suburb from the middle of the 19th century to the present day.


He does not do so to an overbearing degree, and the book does not turn into a screed or polemic. But i’ve been doing a lot of historical reading on the development of the suburbs and urban spaces, which is slightly less inside baseball and more aligned with my general interest in spaces. After that the author bemoans the development of the auto 9suburban development in the interwar period 10and the role of federal subsidies in the spread of suburbanization Refresh and try again.

One downside I would note though is, in terms of it’s evaluation of the modern landscape, the section that analyizes and acknowledges the shifting positive trends towards a redeveloping of the suburban mindset and a resurgence of downtown revitalization across North America is rather brief.

By the turn of the 19th century, a middle class expectation of having residential space had emerged, which Jackson attributes to work of Andrew Jackson DowningCalvert Vauxand Catharine Beecher. A good read, if at times a bit weighty.

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In New York inpersons were killed by horses and horse-drawn vehicles. Jackson make several points that are well worth reiterating.

The better way forward is learning how to utilize the current suburb structure to our collective benefit. How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America Since Jackson never intended to write an architectural history of suburbia, Harris notes, the book fails to really explore this aspect.

I chose to read this book despite thinking that it would be obviously out of date and come to the wrong sort of conclusions because it was written in Basically, the European logic was that the farther you had to travel to work, the worse off your social standing was–quite unimaginable to most Americans who work in the city!

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

Wealth and technology first allowed a prosperous minority to establish separate country residences, and later government policy made ex-urban living the easiest choice to make, resulting in it becoming the cultural norm. Email required Address never made public.

In close reading, what stands out are the meta questions about place, use frnotier geography and perhaps this social geography is the reading that has the most relevance for me.

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