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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Having been raised in the largely white, upper-middle-class suburbs of Atlanta, Lassiter admitted that as a youth he never really thought about how his community originated. Jackson traces the history of urban development and provides a persuasive chronology of events that led to the present American society.

Issues of congestion, decentralization, and black migration facilitated the departure of whites first to the urban periphery and then to the suburbs.

Firstly, the writing style is very dry, making the subject matter tedious and unnecessarily technical. As a Canadian, I find it difficult to accept that Americans were exceptional in developing suburban models of growth.

Then as the nation faced financial crisis in the s, Jackson shows how federal support of the suburban ideal as a residential retreat and homeownship as a middle class ideal for white Americans guided policy making that purposefully created barriers between inner city and suburban movement through land valuations, mortgage policies, construction loans, and housing projects.

He sees the market forces which shaped the way America would suburbanize as cabgrass carefully constructed rather than a result of invisible forces of the market. Sep 03, Nathan Albright rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a highly accessible book that has stood the test of time and will inform by helping to keep in mind the various factors at play when looking at the trontier environment. I learnt a lot about my adoptive country and how this sort of suburbanisation was somewhat unique here compared to other countries.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Along with contemporaries like Kevin Kruse White Flight and Robert Self American BabylonLassiter has contributed greatly to the larger shift in urban history, in which historians avoid binaries like city and suburb, instead focusing on metropolitan regions and the various interactions that unfold with such a space. May 25, Jack Leyda rated it really liked it. The gap yawns nowhere wider than in France, where 51 years of rent control have helped create a gargantuan housing shortage.

If you are like me, you will find yourself skimming quite a few sections, but you will still be left with a better understanding of how the suburban landscape came to be and why it is lacking in other countries. Archived from the original PDF on It creates a dividing line between social crabggass, even if not all of the motivations jackzon moving to the private “country life” were necessarily bad.


Sure, the discovery of oil proved important to Californian fortunes; it did influence the built environment and demographic growth of industrial suburbs in Orange County and South Los Angeles.

Jackson’s chapters crabrgass how government-subsidized financing practically guaranteed “white only” suburbs post-WW II is fascinating as is his account of fgontier politics of private development based on infusions of public money, e.

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.

Highly recommended, especially for anyone who wants to be involved in local politics. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Encouraged by the emergence of new cities of wartime production and government assistance for veterans, increasing numbers of Americans could afford to buy homes. Restrictive covenants and discriminatory tax and lending policies by the local and federal government have combined to polarize the inner from the outer city along racial lines.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

Having been written in the s, the book anticipates, but is not Another book in the series of seminal urbanist books I want to read instead of actually going to grad school, this book explains the economic, social, historical, racial, philosophical, etc.

He hints at the privatization of American life and discusses the changing nature of shopping and movie-going, but these sections are very brief and skim the surface without much useful analysis.

Instead, true to the authors proclamation in the forward; the b Jacksin academic, rehashes a lot of material although chronologically it precedes from ‘geography of nowhere’ and maybe ‘the death and life of american cities’.

Views Read Edit View history. The creation of income based housing also allowed for crangrass African American, white, and immigrant families to live withing blocks of some of America’s richer neighborhoods.

He couldn’t have been more wrong. Before that, “first mortgages were limited to one-of or two-thirds of the appraised value of the property”, [24] and loans had to be renewed every five years and interest rates were subject to revision every renewal.

The ending begins with a fatalism that develops into a somewhat frontjer expectation of gentrification and urban renewal. The politics of space: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Later modes of transport would allow for a greater geographic spread, but there were other factors involved as well.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson

The essential message in this work is that suburbia was the confluence of planning, policy and technology that highlighted and propelled extant trends that had begun in the nineteenth century. As the title suggest it concentrates on suburbanisation but does so during the most explosive growth seen in the US.


What’s most fascinating about Jackson’s work is that he traces jackaon idea of the “home” and community stretching back to early colonial life and how community shaped cultural values and how families wanted to live. It is also worth saying that Jackson is not calling for an all-out war on suburbanization.

Huerta, Fall 2. 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.

He provides statistical analysis for financial reasons to move further from jobs and psychological and social reasons for moving away from city congestion to create residential retreats. 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 AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

To compound matters, efforts to bring people back into the city backfired. 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!

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Crabgrass Frontier is a solid overview and introduction to the causes of what became a unique form of American living: The freeways, for instance, sought to take advantage of the automobile by making downtown and, by extension, the city more accessible, but did the reverse as more people continued to leave. Minorities, particularly African-Americans, were practically barred from moving to suburbs, both northern and southern, everywhere, by collusion, federal policy choices, etc.

The Suburbanization of the United States. Or, more honestly, they did have a place–in the crowded inner cities that the white middle class began to abandon once trains, trolleys, and the automobile made it possible to do so.

Jan 12, Ted rated it really liked it.

These social scientists suggest that the historical processes of suburbanization and decentralization are instances of white privilege that have contributed to contemporary patterns of environmental racism.

In Crabgrass Frontier, Kenneth Jackson explored the process of suburbanization in the United States, which he argued created a uniquely American way of life characterized by low Population density, near ubiquitous home ownership, the destruction of links to major urban centers, and a long journey to work.

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