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Smith 1 Leah Smith April 26, 2009 GEOG 1982 Writing Assignment #1 U.S. and French Suburbs When people in the United States hear the word “suburb,” upper class families outside a big city comes to mind. Although this definition might be correct for some places, the meaning of a suburb is immensely different from just a residential place outside a big city. Structural buildings or homes are not what make up a suburb. In fact, the residents of the particular place shape the perceptions in which lie cultural, social, and political issues that surround everyday life. People generalize suburbs as nice neighborhoods with single-family homes, but this is certainly not the case in all circumstances. When contrasting the French and U.S. suburbs, one will find many differences in daily life of the residents, the way that the city is constructed, and the attitude people have about them in each country. The differences outweigh the similarities, yet they do share common qualities that influence the way people live their lives on a daily basis. Most citizens of the U.S. are ignorant to the fact that the French suburbs are completely different than those in our country. The word “suburb” takes on an entirely different meaning in France associated with a negative connotation as does “ghetto” in the United States. World War II brought positive changes for U.S. citizens, but left the French without hope for a future because of political and social discrimination. Each type of suburb started out as a way to help the lives of its citizens, but only one succeeded in doing so.
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Smith 2 After World War II in France, the broken country underwent a radical change as a result of housing shortages and slum clearance plans. Publicly funded housing was designed to help the shortage, which often was found on the edge of cities. The “large modern high rise concrete blocks” were supposed to solve the problem of housing (Villette 2007:2). This was only a short
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