The Secret History of the Suburbs

April 9, 2019

 

"Clichés and misconceptions still define suburbia in the popular imagination, and it drives me crazy," writes author of Radical Suburbs, Amanda Kolson Hurley. 

 

"I live in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. I’m a suburbanite, but my life doesn’t revolve around manicured lawns, status anxiety, or a craving for homogeneity. My suburban experience is riding the bus as people chat around me in Spanish and French Creole. It’s having neighbors who hail from Tibet, Brazil, and Kenya as well as Cincinnati. It’s my son attending a school that reflects the diversity—and stubborn inequality—of America today."

 

Read the excerpt from her new book here

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