The Suburbanization of America–The Rise of the Patio Culture

August 9, 2007 at 9:36 pm 2 comments


In the decades following World War II, the population of the United States underwent a massive migration to the suburbs. The society which became the “Patio Culture” of the 1950’s and 1960’s has been the subject of much criticism from intellectuals and social scientists both then and now. Much of the criticism can be attributed to the mind set of the critics themselves, which could be considered apathetic to the conditions of the middle class. While many of the social problems that the critics so poignantly singled out did, in fact, exist, they often did not manifest themselves to the extent that was claimed, and they were also simultaneously taking place outside of suburbia as well.

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  • 1. Lois Clark  |  March 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Are the references available for this paper? I am writing a similar paper and found this very helpful!

  • 2. patioculture  |  March 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    This was a paper I did about 13 years ago, and the references page is long gone. I do remember “Crabgrass Frontier” was used.

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