I am currently doing some research for my paper (should be about 10 pages) on the topic of suburban transformation. My main point in the paper is that suburbs have slowly gotten less and less "livable," especially when it comes to mobility. I got the idea for this topic from an article I read in one of my classes (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...51/ai_54618886).
Anyway, I would like to know if anyone knows any good books/articles that look at suburban development throughout the 20th century. I am especially interested in the built environment and layout of suburbs, particularly the transformation of the grid layout of early post WWII suburbs to the more "spaghetti" layout of twisty roads. Any resources that also compare pre-WWII suburbs (Radburn, NJ; etc) would also be interesting.
I have taken a look at "Crabgrass Frontier" and it seems like a good start for understanding the history of suburbs up unitll the 80's. Does anyone know any books of equal caliber that examine the last few decades of suburban and exurban development?
Also, I am curious if anyone disagrees with the idea that suburbs have gotten less livable? If so why?