Museum Plans National Suburban Studies Center

To counter the growing backlash against suburbia from urban dwellers and environmentalists, one Kansas museum wants to establish a center dedicated to the study of the 'burbs.

"Culture watchers say that the rift [between urban and suburban dwelllers] â€" real or imagined â€" is just one aspect of the suburban experience that needs serious academic study. Johnson County Museum officials think so, too.

Museum officials hope to unveil within five years a national center for suburban studies â€" a first-of-its-kind mecca for researchers to interpret things as varied as crabgrass, cul-de-sacs and white flight from the urban core.

'The idea for a center for suburban studies is an idea whose time has come,' said David Crosson, executive director of the California Historical Society."

Full Story: Interpreting suburbia — seriously

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