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His phenomenon isn’t merely about the housing bust; it reflects fundamental changes in our society For example The nuclear family is declining Since the Baby Boom birthrates and marriage rates have shrunk reducing the demand for big homes in suburbia The era of “bigger is better” is over As we become concerned about the environment we opt for smaller h There are a number of interesting ideas and the sections regarding the history of the suburbs and the New Urbanist movement seem to be solid but this book is so problematic The logical holes drain coherency from the overall argument It s hard to buy the author s assertion that the suburbs are coming to an end at face value This is not to say the book has no value It would be good for a group discussion to see how having a predetermined conclusion shapes evidence selection data manipulation and what research an author seeks out to support the idea The so called overwhelming truth also covers up actual facts Baseball stadiums put me over the edge in terms of accepting data presentation On the countless stadiums built since the year 1990 all were built in the urban core First off here are less than 30 baseball teams and the Cubs for instance still play in the same stadium The implied context for this urban revival suggests all these teams moved from the suburbs I don t know all the teams that moved to a new stadium during this time period but a number of these stadiums were built within walking distance of the old one The Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds come to mind This one small point illustrated to me how much manipulation occurred If nothing else Gallagher understands the principles of persuasive writing and how to stretch material that could make several well written and engaging stand alone articles into a lengthy book

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The End of the Suburbs

Omes and avoid the gas guzzling nature of suburban sprawl Our cities are having a renaissance New research shows that urbanized living actually makes for happier healthier lifestyles Blending economic data analysis and on the ground reporting Gallagher paints a surprising and fascinating portrait of how the American Dream isn’t over; it’s simply changing Not the best book I have read on this subject but definitely not the worst either Gallagher seems to have trouble not being an investigative reporter when she s trying to present research on a very relevant topic She hammers away with an exorbitant amount of examples when making a point as if adding another then another example will further ground her argument Here s a hint over analysis destroys wholes and too many examples dilutes and weakens a strong viewpoint The result of too many examples was that in several places this book dragged and became tiresome to read and I m a huge nerd and fan of the topic Journalistic exposes don t always positively contribute to academic topics and this is an example of thatGallagher also could benefit from a strong editor who understands proper grammar There were times in the book when the elements of style seemed suspended It made her writing look poorThere are definitely better books out there on this subject

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A Fortune journalist examines why the suburbs are transforming and losing their appeal and why that’s not a bad thing Over the past few years the American suburbs have undergone a dramatic shift with millions of once coveted homes now stamped with foreclosure signs and once pristine neighborhoods plagued by crime and poverty According to Leigh Gallagher t I grew up in the seventies and eighties and back then cities were not places for upwardly mobile people wanted to live For most of the twentieth century the automobile and cheap gas spurred the growth of the suburbs and the flight of the well to do to new housing developments in the countryside The suburbs by the 70s were the norm and ideal Technically I grew up in a city but it was high density residential area not unlike an inner suburb with single family houses however it was a walkable neighborhood with a main street nearby These kind of suburbs are still popular and growing but the McMansions in the bedroom communities in the far exurbs are starting to decline This is not only or even primarily due to the housing crash or high gas prices It seems younger people people under 30 are a generation least enad in recent times of car culture and the suburbs The book traces that people and wealth are moving into cities especially the core and the inner suburbs built before 1940 and the poverty rate while still lower in the suburbs than the city is growing faster than the cities since the crash For the first time in a hundred years population is reversing the tide out of the city to the suburbs and now the suburbanites are starting to move back to the city or inner suburbs The suburbs are also graying as empty nesters won t and can t afford to leave their homes they raised their children in while many of the children grown up and moved to cities This trend describe in the book is a total inversion of the world I grew up in when the suburbs were the place for Americans who had made it


10 thoughts on “The End of the Suburbs

  1. says:

    I enjoyed reading this book perhaps probably because I agree with so many of its premises I'd like to see sprawl come to an end in the way that the author describes And yetShe skips lightly over a number of topics that impact people

  2. says:

    I'm sorry to give this book only two stars for fear that GoodReads won't recommend similar topicsBut although I like to read and listen to Leig

  3. says:

    I grew up in the seventies and eighties and back then cities were not places for upwardly mobile people wanted to live For

  4. says:

    There are a number of interesting ideas and the sections regarding the history of the suburbs and the New Urbanist movement

  5. says:

    Gallagher sees a trend a reverse of what went on during the 1950s and 60s During those years fueled by ads the media and mobility Americans moved to suburbia to find their American dream Now we find that many are

  6. says:

    It seems like I’ve read a lot of these kinds of books of the genre I will label “pop urban planning” Most all have taken a thesis and p

  7. says:

    I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewA good sociological study The author covers how we live touching a bit on ancient times and continuing on into possible future outcomes This is not a book all about how and why we got to this point in our development per se It mostly covers the ramifications and current tre

  8. says:

    Not the best book I have read on this subject but definitely not the worst either Gallagher seems to have trouble not being an investigative reporter when she's trying to present research on a very relevant topic She hammers away with an exorbitant amount of examples when making a point as if adding another then another example will further ground her argument Here's a hint over analysis destroys wholes and too many examples dilut

  9. says:

    Suburban sprawl has been researched and talked about for many years What began as the answer to densely populated city life has now become eually dense in major metropolitan areas like NY Nassau County where I grew up is now incredibly populated and the traffic can be abominable at random times of the day or week I don't think it is so much the design of suburbs that have created a breakdown in community spirit as so much that t

  10. says:

    I loved reading this uick brief concise and detailed outline of a major shift in the places that Americans choose to live After reading this all I could think to myself is why would I want to live in the suburbs other than for the cheap housing available Ugh I especially gag at American suburbs when I compare them with European and Asian su

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