Why so many suburbs look the same

An aerial view of housing developments /Photo by IDuke/Wikicommons

It was all part of the plan.

By Phil Edwards | Vox

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. The above video tells the full story.

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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