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Uniform By Design: The Similarities of Suburbs

A Vox video digs into the history of how suburbs came to resemble each other.
August 11, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"If you’ve visited a suburb, you’ve probably noticed a similar look: same curving streets, same culs-de-sac. It’s not an accident. In fact, this appearance of the suburbs was part of the Federal Housing Administration’s plan," writes Phil Edwards to introduce the video shared above.

"In the 1930s, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was the financial engine behind most home development. To ensure their investments were safe ones, they strongly recommended that builders and developers comply with the ideals they set. Those regulations aligned closely with the values of the time, including segregation and a burgeoning car culture."

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Published on Friday, August 9, 2019 in Vox
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