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Borderland: Origins of the American Suburb, 1820-1939 by John R. Stilgoe

It opens with a very brief account of the use of "suburb" as a pure insult -- the poor region outside the city walls, vulnerable to attack.

And onward to the transitions. The healthiness of country living. The disgust with slovenly farming, and its economic problems and the dangers of pollution. The flower garden as a sign of leisure. The rigidly controlled neighbors for the professionals. The problem of transport. How to build the houses and structure the garden for privacy. And more
Tags: history reviews: 19th century-wwi, non-fiction: buildings

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