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The bulldozer in the countryside : suburban sprawl and the rise of American environmentalism

Author: Adam Rome
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Studies in environment and history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. This is the first scholarly work to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Rome
ISBN: 0521800595 9780521800594 0521804906 9780521804905
OCLC Number: 44594084
Description: xvi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Levitt's progress: the rise of the suburban-industrial complex --
From the solar house to the all-electric home: the postwar debates over heating and cooling --
Septic-tank suburbia: the problem of waste disposal at the metropolitan fringe --
Open space: the first protests against the bulldozed landscape --
Where not to build: the campaigns to protect wetlands, hillsides, and floodplains --
Water, soil, and wildlife: the federal critiques of tract-house development --
Toward a land ethic: the quiet revolution in land-use regulation.
Series Title: Studies in environment and history.
Responsibility: Adam Rome.
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This was the first scholarly history of efforts to reduce the environmental costs of suburban development in the United States. The book offers an account of two of the most important historical  Read more...

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