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The Resource Unplanned suburbs : Toronto's American tragedy, 1900 to 1950, Richard Harris

Unplanned suburbs : Toronto's American tragedy, 1900 to 1950, Richard Harris

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Unplanned suburbs : Toronto's American tragedy, 1900 to 1950
Title
Unplanned suburbs
Title remainder
Toronto's American tragedy, 1900 to 1950
Statement of responsibility
Richard Harris
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • It is widely believed that only the growth of mass suburbs after World War II brought suburban living within reach of blue-collar workers, immigrants, and racial minorities. But in this original and intensive study of Toronto, Richard Harris shows that even prewar suburbs were socially and ethnically diverse, with a significant number of lower-income North American families making their homes on the urban fringe. As early as 1900, Harris explains, the decentralization of blue-collar employment encouraged working-class families to leave the city, many of them taking advantage of lax enforcement of suburban regulations to build their homes themselves. In the short run, the advantages were obvious: a home of one's own, a garden, access to the surrounding countryside. But the unplanned - and therefore scattered - developments led to dramatic increases in the cost of needed services. Inevitably, property taxes rose, in many cases beyond the ability of working-class families to pay
  • Harris concludes that even minimal planning might have helped retain the advantages of owner-built housing while reducing public costs, citing the success of European experiments in aided self-help for homebuilders. But in the United States and Canada, the lack of planning set the stage for a uniquely North American tragedy
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DLC
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1952-
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Harris, Richard
Dewey number
307.76/09713/541
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HT352.C22
LC item number
T674 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Center for American Places
Series statement
Creating the North American landscape
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  • Suburbs
  • Toronto Suburban Area (Ont.)
Label
Unplanned suburbs : Toronto's American tragedy, 1900 to 1950, Richard Harris
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, Virginia"--P. facing t.p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-348) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Rise of Metropolitan Suburbs -- Ch. 3. Did the Factory Lead the Way? -- Ch. 4. A City of Homes -- Ch. 5. The End Justified the Means -- Ch. 6. Civic Efficiency and Suburban Freedom -- Ch. 7. The Rhetoric and Reality of Community Building -- Ch. 8. A Romance of Common Life -- Ch. 9. The Fall of the Unplanned Suburb -- Ch. 10. Conclusion -- Appendix A: Property Assessment Records -- Appendix B: Social Class and the Classification of Occupations
Control code
32852972
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 356 pages
Isbn
9780801851421
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
95031010
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Unplanned suburbs : Toronto's American tragedy, 1900 to 1950, Richard Harris
Publication
Note
"Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, Virginia"--P. facing t.p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-348) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Rise of Metropolitan Suburbs -- Ch. 3. Did the Factory Lead the Way? -- Ch. 4. A City of Homes -- Ch. 5. The End Justified the Means -- Ch. 6. Civic Efficiency and Suburban Freedom -- Ch. 7. The Rhetoric and Reality of Community Building -- Ch. 8. A Romance of Common Life -- Ch. 9. The Fall of the Unplanned Suburb -- Ch. 10. Conclusion -- Appendix A: Property Assessment Records -- Appendix B: Social Class and the Classification of Occupations
Control code
32852972
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 356 pages
Isbn
9780801851421
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
95031010
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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