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Suburbs for a Labor Elite

Kevin David Kane and Thomas L. Bell
Geographical Review
Vol. 75, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 319-334
DOI: 10.2307/214488
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/214488
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Unlike many suburbs at the beginning of the twentieth century, Oakwood, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee, manifested a blue-collar character. Planned to appeal to the middle class, Oakwood instead attracted highly skilled blue-collar workers and families as residents. Though well-served by streetcar lines, Oakwood was not a streetcar suburb. The Oakwood example calls into question both the extent to which the function of a suburb may be gleaned from morphological evidence and the conventional wisdom about the origin and the evolution of American suburbs.

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