Picture Windows: How the Suburbs Happened


When Baxandall and Ewen (both American studies, State U. of New York-Old Westbury) interviewed women in several Long Island communities about their real lives, they found that the stereotypes about suburbs have little to do with actual experience. Surmising from the interviews -- as well as diaries, scrapbooks, and other archival sources for earlier in the century -- they conclude that the suburbs have long been and still are centers of social and architectural experimentation where white, black, immigrant, gay, straight, old, young, married, divorced, and single people have struggled to improve their lives.

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