1.22.08 - Notes on Crabgrass CHAPTER ONE 40 of Americans...

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Notes on Crabgrass CHAPTER ONE 40% of Americans live in suburbia hard to define exactly what it really is o Economists Interested in cost/benefits of commuting o Demographers How populations are spread out o Architects Building structures o Sociologists How people act w/ each other in urban/suburban atmospheres Characteristics of American Suburbs o Population density Less in suburbs than in urban areas o Home Ownership 67% of population owns a home “American Dream” o Residential Status Each mile away from the big city is 8% more expensive o Journey to work Very common in America today Urban vs. Rural o Wall St. example “Inside the wall is urban, outside is rural” o Walls kept things safe inside o Why people left the city Less Crime, traffic Want space, but access to the city too (Historically) Plague in the city… urban decay Walking City – 1800’s o Congested o Clear distinction between town and country o Mixed-use o
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