Defining Suburbia: The Implications of Differing Approaches

Defining Suburbia: The Implications of Differing Approaches

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Location: Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
Speaker(s): Whitney Airgood-Obrycki

The post-World War II suburban building boom helped cement an enduring image of suburbs as largely white, middle-class, residential communities that differed significantly from nearby urban neighborhoods. However, in recent decades, it has become clear that places considered to be suburbs are, in fact, extraordinarily diverse, including many that have characteristics traditionally associated with “urban” areas. In response, many planners, policy makers, and scholars have been trying to develop new and more meaningful definitions of suburban (and urban) places.

In this talk, Whitney Airgood-Obrycki (Senior Research Analyst, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies) will present a working paper (co-authored with Shannon Rieger) that describes some of these approaches and examines whether and how differing definitions might affect key measures of neighborhood character and change.

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
One Bow Street, Cambridge
12:15 pm
Bring your lunch, dessert provided

This event is part of our Housing Research Seminar Series, which are held on Fridays at lunchtime, during the academic year, and are livestreamed on Twitter.