Being American on the Edge: Penurbia and the Metropolitan by J. Goddard

By J. Goddard

This manuscript specializes in the improvement of hybrid city-country (penurban) landscapes round huge city parts which mesh stylized geographical region with useful hyperlinks to the towns. those landscapes are valuable to American mindsets as they mix the desires, expectancies, and reviews of the country in expressive cultural landscapes. An interpretive-analytical method is utilized in this single-authored, multidisciplinary paintings which pulls on insights from historical past, American reports, social sciences, city stories, and environmental reports, and cultural experiences in an effort to painting way of life and payment phenomena neglected through unmarried disciplinary fields. Telling the tale of the way penurban landscapes emerged, the paintings blends unique learn with a re-reading of current paintings to appreciate constructing way of life and cost styles. The ebook goals at readers in historical past, city experiences, environmental reports, consumerism and American experiences.

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Perhaps one-fifth of the population qualified as potential down-shifters, provoking the realization that nonconsumption created identity just as much as conspicuous consumption did. , twigged, launching the high-end comfort magazine Real Simple (RS ) in 2000, which targeted mild Simplicists, sold nearly two million copies, and earned over one-quarter of a billion dollars in advertising revenues yearly by 2008. RS ’s phenomenal success resulted from its message that mainstream consumption patterns were essentially fine if rebranded with a new spin that elevated plush, cocooned familiarity and threatened to crowd out other strands of simplicity.

As distance shrunk, so Thinking about City Edges ● 19 did differentiation, to be reconstructed in people’s minds. Resting on technological advances, globalization aggravated spatial transformation and swept time and distance aside. A rational response to a lost sense of belonging was to seek a haven on the metropolitan outskirts. Penurbanites longed to move to the countryside, partly because of the stories they created out of their cultural heritage. 35 Metropolitan incomers spent their larger city incomes, swelling emigrants’ purchasing power and cultural footprint, oftentimes on a stylized application of the countryside and the environmental ideas they carried with them.

Here, too, post-1945 building development offends. ’ . . They expect to experience the view the way that Thomas Jefferson did. 49 History and authenticity reemerged at even greater lengths, as the William Paca House’s restored eighteenth-century garden in Annapolis showed. 50 Combining Imhoff ’s preservationist instincts with authentic reconstruction to its ultimate extent would leave a vast swath of the eastern seaboard off-limits to development. Implicit in the accounts above rested a sense that people should be able to experience historic monuments the way they looked at some chosen point in the past.

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