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Julian Tanner

The “other” suburbs 1950-60 had suburbs that didnt fit the stereotypical profile of a regular suburb (white middle class) 1. working class subrub 2. AfricanAmerican suburb 3. Ethno suburb working class suburb it was true that the working class stayed in the city while the middle class moved to the suburbs the inporvements in transportation that opened up the settlements to reisdential housing also meant that the opened up the arears beyond the city for industry prior to the 1950, almost all the industrys was locating in the city but after the development of highwaays and roads, it opened up different types of land use besides residential example in scarborough: birchmount, midland, kennedy, warden (N-S road): they are lined with a combination of industries (warehouses etc) they are not right inside of the residential area, but they were out of the city this meant that workers moved out oft he cities closer to these warehouses, factories Bennett Berger: Working class suburb did an intensive sudy of the effects of suburbanization on working class specifically he studied group of auto workers in nothern cali who were forced to move close to a new Ford motor assembly line that was being relocated to Milpitas, CA everyone in that suburb was working class it provided a kind of natural experiement to see if thoe stereotypes behaviours was caused by suburban living or if it was an effect of social class results: surburban living diffrent seem to affect them very much in terms of their culture and life they did not adopt this kind of desire for social status and mobility, or chanracteristics that were typical of suburban living (competing with neighbor for the better grass..) they continued to place a premium on family, and close relationships with extended families and didnt engage in neighboring activities, didnt join community organizations, or go to church more, didnt chnage voting patterns they had no particular hopes of occupational mobility new suburban home was only a permanent place of reisdent and had no ties to mobility William Dobriner reinforced the view of Berger that there was no single suburban lifestyle but instead there was a number of different lifestyles he focused on Levittown Social class rather then suburban residence was the variable sururban commnities dotn stay static, they change over time as the people who live in them change (eg.Age of residents) The Levittowners by Herbet Gans studied Levittown in NJ at the ti
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