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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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.

Oxford University Press; 1st edition April 16, Language: Read more Read less. But I just read a stat that low-density suburbs grew more in than any other area.

While he does cite some connections to English antecedents, he clearly sees its development in the United States as being a singularly American feature.

While Jackson is laying a framework, at least from my perception, for how the process of suburbanization negatively impacted the life of our Crabgrass Frontier is chalk full of information on the social, political and personal development of suburb culture.

I chose to read this book despite thinking that it would be obviously out of date and come to the wrong sort of conclusions because it was written in This history of the suburb is valuable in so many ways, but I found the organization of the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.

Very good book on the growth of suburbs and why they got that way–and what that means to what America is today. In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: Chicago and the Great West.

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

Since Jackson never intended to write an architectural history of suburbia, Harris notes, the book fails to really explore this aspect. Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, frontierr 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 trontier the 19th century to the present day.

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. The essential questions for anyone interested in the suburban experience are raised in Crabgrass Frontierhowever, many historians have dissected and invented new threads to explore while trying to empower those who moved away from cities and in the most modern sense, those who moved back.


I dreaded additional work but sucked it up and actually enjoy the book.

Brody, Fall 2. But it presents the data in what I felt was an entertaining mix of stories and narrative development. Dec 30, Andrew Fairweather rated it really liked it Shelves: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

The amazing book “Crabgrass Frontier: I also found helpful Jackson’s exploration of the shifting importance of the nuclear family in the 19th century, in addition to the escalating domain of ‘private life’ over public. Account Options Sign in. It is a thoughtful analysis of years of social movement without any polemic. May 25, Jack Leyda rated it really liked it. 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.

While Jackson couldn’t know exactly what would happen over the last quarter century he did suggest that the s probably was the peak of suburbanisation and that it would slowly start to reverse.

I splurged and got the audio for the kindle which I had never done before and it highlights the line that the narrator. He treats communities in every section of the U. Indeed, the private car was initially regarded as the very salvation of the city, a clean and efficient alternative to the old-fashioned, manure-befouled, odoriferous, space-intensive horse. But prediction is not really the focus of this book. Ideas and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century America.

Suburbs began to develop distinct identities, and to assert independence from cities and urban problems they represented. Drawing on a unique set of sources ranging from songs, periodicals, and the writings of cultural icons such as Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau, Jackson constructed a narrative asserting that the Federal Government’s approach to housing policy and the ways in which individual municipalities handled concepts such as urban renewal contributed to the spread of the suburbs and, more important, to their status as racialized spaces.

Sep 17, Dave Courtney rated it really liked it. He divides his book into sections wh Jackson argues that suburbs have been a part of the growth of American cities from nearly the very beginning of their founding, much earlier than the standard post-war narrative of suburbanization.

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

Buy the selected items together This item: In explaining how American suburbanization came to be and how it diverged so sharply from the rest of the world, he shows that a combination of factors came together to create what we know today: In in newly rebuilt Chicagoa new type of building appeared, ‘ balloon frame ,’ that “would absorb most of the population growth of the United States over the next one hundred and fifty years”.


The ranch house of postwar America no longer embodied typical construction. I learnt a lot about my adoptive country and how this sort of suburbanisation was somewhat unique here compared to other countries. For example, in metropolitan Bombay, Jackson noted, potable water could only be tapped through the city. Jackson cannot be faulted for inaccurately predicting twenty years in the future and will likely address these statements in a revised edition, but this case underscores the dated feeling that runs throughout Crabgrass Frontierespecially in an otherwise solid, concise conclusion.

English Choose a language for shopping. Should they have been more enlightened by the s? Mar 25, Gregory Feehan rated it really liked it.

Anyone who’s ever lived in or wants to live in a suburb and anti-suburb sympathizers. Later modes of transport would allow for a greater geographic spread, but there were other factors involved as well.

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Jackson traces the emergence of this movement to city peripheries as a purposeful choice for elite and middle class in jackosn years of the nineteenth century, nearly a century prior to more recent notions of post-war or white flight housing development strategies. Often slums drontier services such as water and sanitation while some suburbs remained largely uninhabited and lacking in even the simplest of infrastructure.

The book, of course, won awards from people who think like the author does, but such people pass out book awards that no one except their coterie cares about hackson pontificate while people ignore them and go about doing what they should be doing anyway, serving the culture hostile to metropolitan gigantism with its belief in high rises and high densities and a hostility to freedom of movement and a dependence on public transportation and public largess for ordinary people.

However, when one examines the period from tocitrus production proved far more pervasive and central to local economies. Basically, the European logic was that the farther you had to travel to work, the worse jaxkson your social standing was–quite unimaginable to most Americans who work in the city! The passion of the author, and jackspn light writing style, makes this a great book for the historical dabbler as well. Land in India and elsewhere in South Asia remains hard to come by.

Moreover, it taught me about the pervasive power a conservatism based on selective memory and benign ignorance has to maintain structural inequalities.