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Today, more than half of Americans live in suburbs. A far cry from the crabgrass frontierof modest bedroom communities built for urban strivers, today's sprawling, self-contained suburbs define our cultural landscape.This fascinating book chronicles-in word and images-the history, development, and character of suburban America with an illuminating account of one of its signature places: Westchester, New York.Designed as a companion to a major exhibition at The Hudson River Museum, the book brings together original essays by leading historians and other experts, and a rich selection of photographs, paintings, maps, ephemera, and other images that track more than century of growth, development, and change. The essays explore key themes that run through Westchester's legacy: the new transportation grids that make all suburbs possible, the suburban house as a new focal point for family life, the creation of a new domesticity, consumerism and community, architecture and nature. Also covered is the representation of suburban life in film, literature, art, photography, and the media. From Washington Irving's Sunnyside home built in 1830 to the virtual New Rochelle home of The Dick Van Dyke Show's Rob and Laura Petrie, Westchester has been the iconic American suburb-loved and hated, desired and abandoned. Like the exhibition whose name it shares, this book is not just a testimony to a time gone by-but a vivid and provocative encounter with the porches, patios, and parkways that define the American dream.
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ROGER PANETTA is Curator, Hudson River Collection; Visiting Professor of History at Fordham University; and Adjunct Curator of History at the Hudson River Museum. For the museum, he edited Westchester: The American Suburb (Fordham).
"...A collection of essays by noted scholars..." -- New York Sun, 1/31/06
"...a lasting treasure, spurring further discussion on the notion of Westchester as the prototypical American suburb." -- The Journal News
"...enlarge[s] understanding of America's ever-changing suburban landscapes." -- H-Urban
"...fascinating reading. Highly recommended." -- Westchester Wag, April 2006
"...traces the origins of suburban towns in Westchester County and examines various social influences on their development." -- Westchester Magazine
"Crammed with curious facts..." -- The New York Times, 2/21/06
"The book's focus is history, but one formed in no small part by lanscape architects and planners." -- Landscape Architecture
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Book Description Fordham University Press, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0823225933