History of American Suburbs.
The American suburbs, the residential ideal of the 1950s, have a long tradition in the country's history. The U.S. Bureau of the Census first used the term suburb to designate an area that had economic ties to a nearby city (because the population worked and spent money there) but was outside the city limits. Suburbs had actually been around since much earlier, in the nineteenth century, for as long as families had wanted to escape the cramped conditions of innercity life. In the 1920s planned residential communities sprang up, as land developers divided vacant areas within the city into lots to sell to hopeful home builders. But the Great Depression ended most private construction in the country, and many lots remained undeveloped or with partially built houses that would never be completed.
With the boom in marriage and birth-rates following World War II, growth of...
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