Radical Suburbs: Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City by Amanda Kolson Hurley
America’s suburbs are not homogeneous: They are racially, ethnically, and economically diverse, with as many Democrats as Republicans, a growing population of renters, and rising poverty.
What may be surprising is that the white picket fence was always a cliche. The suburbs were once fertile ground for utopian planning, communal living, socially conscious design, and integrated housing. Journalist Amanda Kolson Hurley revisits affordable, walkable, and racially integrated suburban communities throughout the United States, suggesting that rethinking our assumptions of suburbia could help us remake the future.
"The overall history of housing in America isn't about the unfettered human spirit at its best; it's about greed and fear and short-sightedness.…But that makes this little book all the more necessary."—Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
"Radical Suburbs overturns stereotypes about the suburbs to show that, from the beginning, those 'little boxes' harbored revolutionary ideas about racial and economic inclusion, communal space, and shared domestic labor. Amanda Kolson Hurley's illuminating case studies show not just where we've been but where we need to go." —Alexandra Lange, Curbed