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The First Signs of Suburban Utopias: From London to America

From the quirky Edward Scissorhands to the drama of Revolutionary Road, the movie industry has made a habit of showcasing the American suburb. Regardless of genre, the picture painted is one of safety and tranquility. Yet these peaceful utopias were not created by Hollywood, as suburban communities have existed in the United States since the mid-19th […]

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An Overview of Ancient Rome and Other Early Suburbs

The world will soon have a population of 7 billion people. Regardless of the exact number, it hardly takes an official statement to recognize the problems with overcrowding—especially in poorer countries. Cities are constantly expanding and peripheral areas are forced to accommodate an increased number of residents. While some forms of suburban growth are by choice, most […]

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The History of Suburban Brussels

An American would feel right at home in the suburbs of Brussels. Mid 20th century ranch-style tract housing and newer contemporary homes are the norm, as medieval architecture and tourist attractions are noticeably absent. So too are the housing projects, multi-unit apartment complexes, and major public transportation links that predominate other European suburbs. Drive for […]

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The Favelas and Gated Communities of Suburban Brazil

Over 1,000-armed guards patrol its grounds and helicopters are a common sight. A military fort comes to mind, but the inhabitants of this guarded complex are in fact middle and upper-class families. Helicopter traffic peaks when businessmen take their daily 14-mile commute to work. Welcome to Alphaville—a gated community of over 20,000 residences in the suburbs of São […]

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