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Chapter pg 8 - 16

ENVS 2200 Chapter Notes - Chapter pg 8 - 16: Richard Florida, Lewis Mumford


Department
Environmental Studies
Course Code
ENVS 2200
Professor
Roger Keil
Chapter
pg 8 - 16

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ENVS 2200 – Weekly Reading Summary (January 9th, 2015)
“Welcome to the Suburban Revolution, Suburban Constellations, pp. 8-16”
In this reading by Roger Keil, we understand the fundamental concepts of
suburbanization in popular places around the world, such as New York or Los Angeles
and how suburbs become a huge part of American culture and revolutionizes the way in
which we plan housing and accommodate for incoming/existing residents of a particular
area. This is how most people differentiate and define the “city” and what isn’t the city.
This chapter also gives a compelling argument as to why suburbs should not be a main
approach to housing development in the future. Many well-known urbanist icons such as
Lewis Mumford argue that suburbanization is a thing of the past. This is because many
believe that the city encompasses everything, including the houses, and even the
countryside.
This reading also looks at the ways in which suburbanization affects peoples lives.
We’ve had suburbs for years, and for many people, it was the traditional American way of
life. Symbols such as bikes, scooters, old classic cars, a green front lawn goes to
represent the American suburban way of life. However, people don’t desire this anymore.
Instead, they desire a simpler way to get to work, rather than driving lengthy distances.
They prefer to have a smaller living space for cleaning and easy management, as opposed
to a medium-large bungalow or two-floor house. People want easier, convenient lives,
and that’s what Richard Florida argues in this chapter and it is what Roger Keil explains.
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