The Bulldozer in the Countryside

The Bulldozer in the Countryside

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The concern today about suburban sprawl is not new. In the decades after World War II, the spread of tract-house construction changed the nature of millions of acres of land, and a variety of Americans began to protest against the environmental costs of suburban development. By the mid-1960s, indeed, many of the critics were attempting to institutionalize an urban land ethic. The Bulldozer in the Countryside was the first scholarly work to analyze the successes and failures of the varied efforts to address the environmental consequences of suburban growth from 1945 to 1970. For scholars and students of American history, the book offers a compelling insight into two of the great stories of modern times - the mass migration to the suburbs and the rise of the environmental movement. The book also offers a valuable historical perspective for participants in contemporary debates about the alternatives to sprawl.Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism Adam Rome ... land use, yet his work offered a powerful analysis of the environmental problems caused by the postwar pattern of development. 1 The capitalist system contained a fundamental flaw, Kapp argued, since businesses routinely forced members of society to ... Inthe raceto exploit limited oil, gas, andcoal resources, extractive firms used inefficient meansof production and abandoned wells and mines prematurely.

Title:The Bulldozer in the Countryside
Author:Adam Rome
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2001-04-16


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