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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Are we more enlightened today? Oct 28, Carl Stevens rated it really liked it.

I suggest that Jackson was moving forward an argument that the suburbs were a place first and foremost of American imagination, and it was this that clearly differentiated and evidenced as part of the American experience.

He does not do so to an overbearing degree, and the book does not turn into a screed or polemic.

Crabgrass Frontier

Feb 24, Dan Gorman rated it really liked it Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Jackon. I could have done with less of that, but so many of the tidbits are delightful, from the horse-car and its effects on the weak-willed: And since housing is such a significant element of personal wealth in the States, this also set them back economically for generations. Chicago and the Great West. Not a Major Cause of Suburbanization”.

Refresh and try again. In addition to highways to transport suburban residents to the cities and garages in the new suburban homes, post-war suburbs also contributed to new forms of commercialism including the motel, drive-in theaters, fast food, and shopping malls. He treats communities in every section of the U. The downside to the HOLC was the appraisal and rating system that stigmatized and racialized valuations of neighborhoods based on density, ethnic or racial composition, or age of structures.


This first full-scale history of the development of the American suburb examines how “the good life” in America came to be equated with the a home of frpntier own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace. Jun 03, Simone rated it really liked it Shelves: Given the frontieer that the word suburb connoted through the centuries, American suburbs seemed to have an inferiority complex in the mids.

Those policies changed forever the fronfier of American cities and the nature of our suburbs, with implications of course for race, opportunity, education, and frontied prosperity. By grading certain areas based on “desirability” i.

Jackson also explains how many suburban developers used ownership jackzon trolley, horse car, or rail systems to promote development in suburban communities by establishing transport routes and cragrass commuter short rail service and competitive fare rates. 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.

There is good comic relief ever now and then but focused on the subject. This Black flight into cities was for African Americans to seek more opportunities outside of rural areas that offered little to no mobility.

Oxford University Press Amazon. However, as Andrew points out above, this only helped segregate race and class further.

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

After that the author talks about the transportation crabgrss and the erosion of the walking city of high densities 2and the vision of house and yard that encouraged early developers of the peripheries of cities 3. While early American cities were similar to European cities in that they usually abruptly ended and were easily walkable, with the growth of cheap transportation technology and inovations such as water systems, coupled with jackskn growth of factories, cities quickly boomed in the 19th century.


To those who argue that Jackson paid too little attention to the agency of the poor, the Columbia professor admitted as much but also noted that those homeowners who had choices available to them were the ones that, rightly or wrongly, defined suburbanization. Oxford University Press; 1st edition April 16, Language: These policies were at times openly racist, denying coverage or loans to whole blocks if a Jewish or black family were to move in.

Of course those are still generalisations but I think new trends that change and reverse some of the more egregious suburban developments are clear to see.

In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: Yet, because Jackson presented his analysis as a synthesis, he exposed himself to generalizations that sometimes hurt his presentation.

Perhaps most noted is that this is not necessarily an opinion piece. 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.

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