Suburban America Essay

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I had the opportunity to watch the documentary film Suburban America: Problems and Promises (9/2011). It was an overview of how the American suburbs have changed since they were planned and built in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The changes that focused on were political, aging infrastructure, ethnic, social, and redevelopment with an emphasis on creating a more sustainable vision. Looking at the current condition of many suburbs, it became evident to the film maker that the suburb as designed and built was not a sustainable development. The film’s content and people interviewed the film maker is reaching out to a variety of stakeholders, which includes college students (tomorrow’s leaders), politicians, developers, planners and those who populate …show more content…
Also I think that it is not so evident in some cities because what was suburbia in the 50’s and 60’s has since been swallowed up by the city encompassing it, and in a way erasing it. In my experience, and I grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, New York, ethnically dominated neighborhoods are nothing new. My childhood memories include many such neighborhoods including a Polish, Puerto Rican, Italian, Slavic, and African American dominated “hoods”. Nevertheless, I had no preconceptions of what the film would say. Though, I did wonder what examples of both failure and success would be used to illustrate the points made, and how those ideas may translate to Arizona, with some …show more content…
This includes examples of the ethnicity of the residents and dispelling old beliefs such as how the suburbs were populated with various Cleaver family, June, Ward, Wally, and the Beaver stereotypes. In addition, it brought the notion of how important the political and economic agendas are to the promotion and creation of sustainable redevelopment and used Long Island as the first American modern suburb in illustration. In addition, it kept bouncing to the 2008 Presidential election, and an important local suburban election which may have implications good or bad changes to the local suburbia depending on who wins, which I found distracting. Other places besides Long Island used in the film for various aspects included Arlington, Chicago, Reston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Orange

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