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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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

Essential for academic readers, I suppose, but for general reader like me, it slows the book down. Oxford University Press Amazon.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Sep 03, Nathan Albright rated it it was ok Shelves: Ideas and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century America. These suburbs resisted annexation by the cities, so that more and more suburbs formed. Farmers could turn a profit on as little as 10 acres of land. Unlike Europe, however, North America offered for purchase a vast landscape at crabggrass prices, meaning that suburban growth was not limited to the wealthy at least, not for long.

Secondly, Crabgrass Frontier is already showing its age, both in its conclusions and its scholarship.

Thirty years after the fact, we know that sprawl recovered from those hiccoughs, only for its tide to slow and reverse in the later years of the 21st century’s opening decade, influenced by the financial crisis and the new normal of high gasoline prices. While dodgy record-keeping plagues businesses and causes migraines among historians, many South Asian cities lack land records all together.

Without Jackson, Garcia might never had been able to consider the importance of automobility and how that manifested itself in places like El Monte and Pomona where low riding culture emerged.

Demographically, citrus production—the harvesting, packing and transportation of fruit — required the labor of people of color particularly Latinos and within that categorization Mexican Americans.

While the crabhrass 60s and riots that broke out in urban America contributed towards the growth of the suburbs, this book shows how these dynamics that drastically escalated by had been taking place for a century beforehand.

These New Deal policies did a great deal to ensure crabgrasss particular path towards the privatization of American life–which, naturally, is synonymous with the planned economic and racial segregation of America which took place in the 20th century. Why does the US look so strange compared to other places with big cities, with failing urban cores surrounded by prosperous ticklike, even suburbs?

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The United States had more land than it knew what to do with. Other writers and academics have written on the subject of the increasing suburbanization of the U.


Having lost the wealthy and middle classes, their tax base, cities deteriorated further, prompting even more flight. The nature, the comfort, etc. While Jackson is laying a framework, at least from my perception, for how the process of suburbanization negatively impacted the life of our cities, he is not necessarily arguing this as a point. The Revolutionary War was scarcely over before suburbs appeared on the American scene; even before horsecars, trolley lines, and the automobile, wealthy citizens of New York established their residences on the Brooklyn Heights nearby, and commuted by ferry.

The better way forward is learning how to utilize the current suburb structure to our collective benefit. So Kunstler assumed suburbia was for ever and would lead the country to a disaster. Jun 03, Simone rated it really liked it Shelves: These styles created an image of low-density living in neighborhoods with detached homes with yards as the new American ideal rather than row houses. As the field of architecture professionalized, home designers guided the public in creating homes that conveyed certain styles or tones.

Jackson points out that in major world cities outside North America well off citizens cluster in the urban core, while the working and underclass are consigned to more remote districts.

There is good comic relief ever now and then but focused on the subject. This first full-scale crabgras of the development of the American suburb examines how “the good life” in America came to be equated with the a home of one’s own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace.

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Mar 12, James Smyth rated it it was jackzon. Those wanting to understand the development of suburbia will find it a worthy guide, especially for its less strident tone as compared to an author like Jim Kunstler. Even though this book is relatively old, it contains arguments and definitions which are pretty much valid today, and predictions made about a crabgrxss 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.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Jackson tracks the relationship jadkson emerging transportation technology and the ability it creates for a larger socioeconomic cross-section of the population to move further from urban centers while still being able to travel to work.

Motivated by a cultural preference for country homes over crabgraass 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. In close reading, what stands out are the meta questions about place, crbagrass and geography and perhaps this social geography is the reading that has the most relevance for me.

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Crabgrass Frontier

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 ftontier 19th century to the present day. Anyway, this is definitely a good one. Inthe five citrus-producing counties of California raked in million dollars. Yes, Jackson does demonstrate that while the car might not frojtier been the cause, it provided the means to push the problem of suburbanization forward at a pace that remains unprecedented.

This gap in worldview between writer and reader makes this book, and others like it, of interest mainly to fellow bitter Marxist travelers whose advice is not worth taking anyway. Economic Development Quarterly 3 2: He argues that suburbs, though they differ in actual racial and class composition, they came to mean a place of normal American identity, where all could buy into homeownership and self crabyrass, displacing the city fronyier where the middle to affluent classes resided.

The resulting decline of American cities, says Jackson, is really an optical illusion — only a small part of cities have suffered from a shrinking economy and tax base.

The author spends some time talking about romantic suburbs 4 as well as the main line and the elite suburbs that were served by expensive commuter railroads 5. Reblogged this on DailyHistory. Aug 09, John Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: In general, Jackson describes suburban movement as a result of two major factors: Read this way, Jackson asks some important questions about why the suburbs developed the way they did and he looks at those factors for some high level cause and effect, this is not to say he ignores the details or that he does not do analysis, instead I found the sub headings to be helpful.

Residents wanted to pattern them after the big cities. Moreover, the conversation largely excluded any references, outside those made by Jackson himself, to sexuality.

By accidental coincidence, today is also the day I finished reading it. Want to Read saving….