Gill refers to highways as a jim crow structure lines

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Gill refers to highways as a Jim Crow structure Lines trying to get reinforced, but also people were trying to get them  torn apart at the same time Federal Housing Authority Loans o FHA loans are underwritten by federal government Allows people who don’t have significant money for down payment to  buy a home Redlining of racial and ethnic minorities o Suburbs allowed to make a more stricter sense of this idea Contract for Levittown, Long Island:  o “Not to permit the premises to be used or occupied by any person other  than members of the Caucasian race” o Idea that sense of conformity provided a sense of security o Suburbs sold segregation By making an all white community, provides an extra sense of comfort Residential and infrastructure patterns are being brought together with old  social norms that existed
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Gender and family in the Suburbs What type of family model do you think suburban living might suggest? Domestic containment Nuclear families Income tax return: joint returns favors couples where the there was only one  income Breadwinner/homemaker ideal Reality: number of women working outside the home increased in light of  discourse on consumption o Prescribed ideal versus actual reality Most families actually wanted woman to work so that they could have a  second income for consumption Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique o Woman wanting more from lives brings about the feminist movement of  the 1960’s Suburban Leisure Culture 1946: 17,000 television sets 1957: 40 million television sets o Major revolution is a major understatement “TV has kept people from going places and doing things, from reading, from  thinking for themselves…” o New technology changes peoples lives o Takes away from other activities o But yet, it also opens up people to experience things they have not  experienced before Driven by advertisements: o Soap operas
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