Annual housing starts leaped upward from 142,000 in 1944 to an average of 1. This outward expansion of urban growth continues to the present around most metropolitan areas.
Whyte, Organization Man , 280—298. Population Winners: This is a familiar story to Americans, and an increasing anxiety for thoughtful citizens. Ringed by strict growth boundaries, the city became denser and housing prices and rents spiked, fueling gentrification.
Suburbanization in the United States after 1945. Primary Sources.
The rapid expansion of metropolitan areas through building housing developments and shopping centers farther and farther from urban centers and lacing them together with more and more major highways.
Dolores Hayden, Redesigning the American Dream: Lassiter, Silent Majority ; C. North Point Press, 2000 , especially chapter 7. Even as suburbia grew in magnitude and influence, it also grew more diverse, coming to reflect a much broader cross-section of America itself.
By 2010, this metropolitan ascendance was evident: McGirr, Lisa. David Freund, Colored Property: Government and Politics in the Edge Cities Baltimore: He eats a "miserable, abstemious lunch. The separation of office parks, factories, schools, grocery stores and residential homes through zoning limitations, have led to detrimental effects on the way that society functions Kunstler, 1993.
Recent scholarship has also explored the presence of liberal and progressive politics in postwar suburbs, through grassroots movements for affordable housing, pacifism, and desegregation in housing and schools. He runs three miles every day, swims a mile. White flight, Kunstler argues, is only one dimension of it, and wasn't even a factor in the earlier years. University of Minnesota Press, 2000 , 3.
Denton and Joseph R. Whyte, Organization Man , 287.
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