The end of the suburbs

Authored by: John Rennie Short

The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138290235
eBook ISBN: 9781315266442
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The era of the end of the suburbs has arrived. In the chapter, the historical context of Suburbia is situated as a series of myths related to culture, conformity, equity, environment, and gender. Suburbia has globalized and can be distinguished by four movements: 1) banishment; 2) market displacement; 3) new social formation; and 4) new physical forms. Suburbia is a myth that referred to a specific time and place. Today, global suburbia is now the huge liminal space between central cities and urban fringes.

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