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23rd Mar '16 6:23:00 AM Willbyr
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21st Mar '16 12:55:02 PM Unknownlight
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[[caption-width-right:350:Where they cut down all the trees and name the streets after them.]]
21st Mar '16 10:33:50 AM Morgenthaler
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20th Mar '16 2:52:45 PM eroock
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--> ---'''Malvina Reynolds'''[[note]]Incidentally, the song ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Little Boxes"]]) was directly inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Daly_City,_California Westlake District]] of Daly City, a suburb of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.[[/note]]

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--> ---'''Malvina -->-- '''Malvina Reynolds'''[[note]]Incidentally, the song ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Little Boxes"]]) was directly inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Daly_City,_California Westlake District]] of Daly City, a suburb of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.[[/note]]
26th Nov '15 8:18:29 PM nombretomado
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--> ---'''Malvina Reynolds'''[[note]]Incidentally, the song ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Little Boxes"]]) was directly inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Daly_City,_California Westlake District]] of Daly City, a suburb of SanFrancisco.[[/note]]

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--> ---'''Malvina Reynolds'''[[note]]Incidentally, the song ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Little Boxes"]]) was directly inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Daly_City,_California Westlake District]] of Daly City, a suburb of SanFrancisco.UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.[[/note]]
15th Nov '15 12:02:29 PM nombretomado
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American suburbia was subject to ''de facto'' (and sometimes ''de jure'') segregation in both the North and the South, with real estate agencies often barring their realtors from letting black families see homes in the nicest neighborhoods (a process known as redlining), black veterans often having trouble getting their G.I. Bill benefits, and contracts frequently prohibiting white homeowners from selling their property to black families. While these shady tactics were outlawed in TheSixties, by this point the predominant whiteness of suburbia was well-entrenched. In TheSeventies and beyond, this made it attractive for people upset with the more far-reaching forms of [[CivilRightsMovement desegregation]] (especially [[UsefulNotes/AmericanEducationalSystem busing]]), leading to a phenomenon known as "white flight" in which middle-class white families moved out to the suburbs, taking their tax dollars with them and leaving the cities behind to decay. Eventually, even those who had elected to "stay and fight" for desegregation (including, ironically, much of the nascent ''black'' middle and upper classes) saw themselves forced to flee to the suburbs out of economic necessity due to the resulting collapse of the inner cities. This booming suburban voting bloc was a key component in the "[[RonaldReagan Reagan]] coalition" that rose to power in TheEighties.

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American suburbia was subject to ''de facto'' (and sometimes ''de jure'') segregation in both the North and the South, with real estate agencies often barring their realtors from letting black families see homes in the nicest neighborhoods (a process known as redlining), black veterans often having trouble getting their G.I. Bill benefits, and contracts frequently prohibiting white homeowners from selling their property to black families. While these shady tactics were outlawed in TheSixties, by this point the predominant whiteness of suburbia was well-entrenched. In TheSeventies and beyond, this made it attractive for people upset with the more far-reaching forms of [[CivilRightsMovement desegregation]] (especially [[UsefulNotes/AmericanEducationalSystem busing]]), leading to a phenomenon known as "white flight" in which middle-class white families moved out to the suburbs, taking their tax dollars with them and leaving the cities behind to decay. Eventually, even those who had elected to "stay and fight" for desegregation (including, ironically, much of the nascent ''black'' middle and upper classes) saw themselves forced to flee to the suburbs out of economic necessity due to the resulting collapse of the inner cities. This booming suburban voting bloc was a key component in the "[[RonaldReagan "[[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] coalition" that rose to power in TheEighties.
23rd Sep '15 12:22:32 PM surgoshan
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Now for the boring history lesson. While American cities have always had suburbs, especially in the early 20th century with the rise of inexpensive streetcar, automobile, and rail transit, the modern concept of suburbia didn't take off until after WorldWarII, when the G.I. Bill[[note]]Short version -- a law passed near the end of the war that gave veterans access to higher education, as well as loans to buy homes and to start businesses.[[/note]], cheap gas, cheap land, the new Interstate Highway System, and the postwar baby boom created an enormous demand for housing that couldn't be met by the cities alone. As a result, cities began to expand outward rather than upward. Similar factors were in play in other countries, like Canada and Australia, both of which also now have very large suburban populations. The US suburb as we understand it (lots of houses, big lawns, happy laughing white children, etc.) was more or less invented in Chicago at that time. The first purpose built suburb with this design was envisioned more or less as a giant park, a huge relaxing playground that people happened to live in. Thus the open, rolling properties with no fences or walls between them.

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Now for the boring history lesson. While American cities have always had suburbs, especially in the early 20th century with the rise of inexpensive streetcar, automobile, and rail transit, the modern concept of suburbia didn't take off until after WorldWarII, when the G.I. Bill[[note]]Short version -- a law passed near the end of the war that gave veterans access to higher education, as well as loans to buy homes and to start businesses.[[/note]], cheap gas, cheap land, the new Interstate Highway System, and the postwar baby boom created an enormous demand for housing that couldn't be met by the cities alone. As a result, cities began to expand outward rather than upward. Similar factors were in play in other countries, like Canada and Australia, both of which also now have very large suburban populations. The US suburb as we understand it (lots of houses, big lawns, happy laughing white children, etc.) was more or less invented in Chicago at that time. The first purpose built suburb with this design was envisioned more or less as a giant park, a huge relaxing playground that people happened to live in. Thus the open, rolling properties with no fences or walls between them.
23rd Sep '15 12:22:10 PM surgoshan
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Now for the boring history lesson. While American cities have always had suburbs, especially in the early 20th century with the rise of inexpensive streetcar, automobile, and rail transit, the modern concept of suburbia didn't take off until after WorldWarII, when the G.I. Bill[[note]]Short version -- a law passed near the end of the war that gave veterans access to higher education, as well as loans to buy homes and to start businesses.[[/note]], cheap gas, cheap land, the new Interstate Highway System, and the postwar baby boom created an enormous demand for housing that couldn't be met by the cities alone. As a result, cities began to expand outward rather than upward. Similar factors were in play in other countries, like Canada and Australia, both of which also now have very large suburban populations.

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Now for the boring history lesson. While American cities have always had suburbs, especially in the early 20th century with the rise of inexpensive streetcar, automobile, and rail transit, the modern concept of suburbia didn't take off until after WorldWarII, when the G.I. Bill[[note]]Short version -- a law passed near the end of the war that gave veterans access to higher education, as well as loans to buy homes and to start businesses.[[/note]], cheap gas, cheap land, the new Interstate Highway System, and the postwar baby boom created an enormous demand for housing that couldn't be met by the cities alone. As a result, cities began to expand outward rather than upward. Similar factors were in play in other countries, like Canada and Australia, both of which also now have very large suburban populations.
populations. The US suburb as we understand it (lots of houses, big lawns, happy laughing white children, etc.) was more or less invented in Chicago at that time. The first purpose built suburb with this design was envisioned more or less as a giant park, a huge relaxing playground that people happened to live in. Thus the open, rolling properties with no fences or walls between them.
19th Nov '14 12:14:56 PM allium
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--> ---'''Malvina Reynolds'''[[note]]Incidentally, the song ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Little Boxes"]]) was directly inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Daly_City,_California Westlake District]] of Daly City, a suburb of SanFrancisco[[/note]]

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--> ---'''Malvina Reynolds'''[[note]]Incidentally, the song ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Little Boxes"]]) was directly inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Daly_City,_California Westlake District]] of Daly City, a suburb of SanFrancisco[[/note]]
SanFrancisco.[[/note]]
19th Nov '14 12:14:36 PM allium
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--> ---'''Malvina Reynolds'''
Reynolds'''[[note]]Incidentally, the song ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Little Boxes"]]) was directly inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Daly_City,_California Westlake District]] of Daly City, a suburb of SanFrancisco[[/note]]
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