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Unformatted text preview: Cities and societies notes February 22 Defning Suburbia- Escape from the City- home ownership - linked to success. over 60% - middle class- ʻ Family Values ʼ- the idea that family value are nurtured in suburbs but at risk in the city- limited government - not subject to same laws as big cities, county laws are much less strict, lower taxes, except for homeowner - New political alliances: e.g. New Republicans, soccer moms Trends: Suburbia in Context- US becoming more urban- US becoming more metropolitan- US becoming more suburban Growth oF the Suburbs- Growth is good- economic stimulation tied to land development --> land use/change is a local issue- land is most expensive close to center- expansion occurs on urban fringe- most growth not redirected in core (due to the failure of urban renewal, “white ¡ight” due to racial tensions)- Fringe: productive agricultural areas, open space- “improved” to housing developments- forces for “improvement” - land use not static but successive...
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- Spring '11
- Suburb, new political alliances, Fed tax rules, Urban Growth Dynamics, Fed highway act