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The Rise Of The Suburbs In first century BC Cicero refers to the large country estates just outside Rome as suburbani but truthfully suburbs as you know them are somewhat new Suburbs have existed in forms such as when cities were walled and the villages outside them were inferior in size and status It wasnt until the 20th century when the suburbs became known Most suburban communities in the United States grew spontaneously although some were planned by architects and real- estate developers Some communities failed These included Forest hills Garden and others strived and are still here today Levittown for example though the main reason that suburbs were becoming popular was because of the decline of the cities The rise of the suburban industrial parks and shopping centers led to the further decline of the city Congestion in the central city and the resulting deterioration of living conditions gave an additional incentive for people to move to the suburbs People were anxious for clean less expensive safe places for their children Typical families moving into a suburban house were looking for the three Ss space sanitation and security Stilgoe 23 Suburban communities allowed people to live more comfortably and feel better Most people wanted both ownership and a freestanding house but the desire for ownership was more frequently the desire for a single-family house Many put it as to own out own home Gans 32 A building firm by the name of Levitt and Sons built a number of small suburban subdivisons on Long Island priced to appeal to the upper middle class Since the firm wanted the reputation for building the best possible communties it had came up with the idea of building a subdivison that was too big to work as a neighborhood so they built a new American form of community With the firms goal to create a working community they took in mind people and cost With the
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