Tag Archives: United States

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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The Last Fifty Years: A Brief Look at U.S. Economic Indicators

Ask an American to describe the typical suburb. Responses will include a range of physical attributes from manicured lawns to exclusive subdivisions, yet there is always one prevailing caveat. These peripheral areas are reserved for middle and upper-class families. A combination of personal observations and media-driven stereotypes have placed this image–or a similar variation–in the minds […]

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In Pictures: An Interactive Map From the Center of Urban Pedagogy on Income Demographics and Rent in New York City

Check out The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s interactive map of New York City and its immediate suburbs. The data tells a similar story to the most recent American Community Surveys, seen here in another interactive map–courtesy of the New York Times. Coupled with the day versus night population data in Manhattan, it’s clear that residents of lower Manhattan […]

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News Update: Saving Mass Transit in Seattle’s King County

State and city budget cuts are no friend of mass transit. Providence, RI and other larger cities have entertained the possibilities of cutting bus services all together. Suburban areas are also at risk. Kings County Metro in suburban Seattle (the 12th largest transit provider in the U.S.) recently faced significant cuts after four rounds of […]

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In Pictures: Ten-Year Population Changes in U.S. Cities

All images have been taken from www.datapointed.net and are based on 2010 U.S. Census data. While many of the maps offer little in terms of significant trends, the southern cities of Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta show significant growth along the periphery. The urban core of Chicago also experienced pockets of decline. Blue illustrates population growth and red […]

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Income Data from the 2009 American Community Survey

In Kenneth Jackson’s Crabgrass Frontier, the author observes that “social change usually begins at the top of society. In the United States, affluent families had the flexibility and the financial resources to move to the urban edges first.” Written in the 1960s, the observation had already been confirmed by multiple economists.  The middle and upper-class […]

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The History of Minorities in New York City Suburbia

In the 1820s, Hezekiah Pierrepont created the first American suburb in Brooklyn Heights. Pierrepont—who simply developed sixty acres of land into individual plots—was soon followed by more ambitious architects and developers who created idyllic communities, complete with resort hotels and steamboat service to Manhattan. The communities catered to Manhattan elites who wanted a reprieve from the […]

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