The Suburban Trend in Twentieth Century America, and its Relation to One Exurb: Redding, Connecticut
Miller, Gregory James
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In the United States today more people live in the suburbs than in any other type of community. These predominantly residential areas have become so prevalent in the eastern section of the United States that they now form a nearly continuous belt from southern New Hampshire to northern Virginia, and from the Atlantic coastline to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The suburbs have been called the fruition of the 'American Dream'! In a twenty year period from 1950 to 1970 the population of suburbia grew by an estimated 35 million people. A 1975 Gallup poll of what Americans wanted showed that a house in the suburbs was still very high on most people’s list of priorities. This paper is an examination of the suburban trend in this country. In particular, this paper will look at one suburb, Redding, Connecticut, and the way that the development of this one town is related to the overall trend of people moving back to a new form of the non-urban life. The information concentrates on the United States, yet the dynamics that have been factors in the trend here can also be found in many other industrialized nations.