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Thread #68954 Message #3550711
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
19-Aug-13 - 12:18 PM
Thread Name: Help: Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) ticky-tacky?
Subject: RE: Help: Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) ticky-tacky?
Levittown and the suburbs in California, the "little boxes," were the result of the need for affordable housing after WW2.
The cities with their noise, crowds, inertia on land use rules and expensive housing made no provision for the large lower part of the middle class- storekeepers to professors.
These tracts were the only solution for those who wanted something better than a small apartment; room for their children and pets, a garage for the car, compatible neighbors.
It is unfortunate that they had to expand into the countryside, displacing the natural environment, but no alternative was available.