As the roads became larger and because

As the roads became larger and because - As the roads...

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As the roads became larger and because they provided much more direct and accessible routes to cities, people had more options about where to live. The construction of Levittowns across the country exemplified another regularization phenomenon partially resulting from the interstate system. William Levitt, the mastermind behind the plan, bought thousands of acres of land outside cities such as New York and Philadelphia. On these vast stretches of property, Levitt organized the construction of entire towns. Construction of the roads induced the construction of suburbs and “suburbia,” such as Levittown, (originally called “Island Trees”) which drastically influenced the culture and social expectancies of the 1950s. Construction started in the late 1940s with the passage of the GI Bill to aid the soldiers returning from home. The increase of men coming home led to a serious housing shortage and the GI Bill provided money for housing as well as education. The need was so great Cape Cod and Ranch homes on Levitt's plots went up in a single day. Contractors merely reconstructed the prefabricated houses. With the help of Levitt, the baby boomers formed communities of these Cape Cod and Ranch houses winding along on roads with a village green that served as the
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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