American Suburbia

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  • 1969
  • 4 Seasons

Our Communities. The 1940s and '50s were an age of transition for American suburbs. This series encapsulates the essence of this period. It begins with a tour of New York's streets as they were in 1941, peeps at the activities that go on round the clock in the city. A wonderful viewing experience for all those who wish to see the American suburbs as they were in '40s and '50s.

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Community Growth: Crisis and Challenge
6. Community Growth: Crisis and Challenge
 
Home builders decry unplanned suburban sprawl, 1950s-style. Sponsor: Urban Land Institute, National Association of Home Builders. Year: 1959. Length: 00:16:01. Audio: Mono. Color.
The Dynamic American City
5. The Dynamic American City
 
Advocates urban redevelopment and renewal, 1950s-style. Supports many planning strategies which are criticized today: the destruction of "blighted" neighborhoods in the name of progress, autocentric planning and construction, and suburban sprawl. Producer: Baskaw (Frederick J). Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce of the United States.
New Neighbor
4. New Neighbor
 
Building a steel mill from scratch and a city for its workers (Levittown, Pa.). Producer: Jam Handy Organization. Sponsor: U.S. Steel Co. Year: 1953. Length: 00:24:51. Audio: Mono. Color: BLACK & WHITE.
Cities How They Grow
3. Cities How They Grow
 
A study of our increasing urban population. Departing from the usual statistics and the sociological problems which are a result of the cities' growth, we learn that by observing what the workers of the city do, we can find out why the city grew. Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. Length: 00:09:08. Audio: Mono. Color: BLACK & WHITE.
For the Living
2. For the Living
 
Improvement of living conditions in 1940s New York City through the construction of public housing. Though ultimately a plug for the New York City Housing Authority, this film begins as a "story about a city -- this city." Producer: Clifford Evans. Sponsor: New York City Housing Authority. Year: 1949. Length: 00:21:09. Audio: Mono. Color: BLACK & WHITE.
The City
1. The City
 
A pioneering short documentary film from 1939 that contrasts the problems of the contemporary urban environment with the superior social and physical conditions that can be provided in a planned community. Producer: American Documentary Films, Inc. Sponsor: American Institute of Planners, through Civic Films, Inc.
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Our Communities. The 1940s and '50s were an age of transition for American suburbs. This series encapsulates the essence of this period. It begins with a tour of New York's streets as they were in 1941, peeps at the activities that go on round the clock in the city. A wonderful viewing experience for all those who wish to see the American suburbs as they were in '40s and '50s.