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Where The Boom Babies Grew Up – Post WWII era Suburban Tracts and Complexes (CM | 1.5)
September 20, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
As we move toward more transit oriented development and work to retrofit our existing suburbs, we search for opportunities to use existing infrastructure and land area efficiently. As we evaluate these opportunities, it is important to fully understand the residential developments in these suburban areas of the post-WWII era — both lower density modest single-family house tracts and garden apartment complexes with acres of green space. Which of these – if any – are worth preserving intact …and why? And how might we make such qualitative judgments especially where redevelopment offers a way to provide more affordable housing? This concerns not only the physical features of these tracts and complexes but the associations some of them may have with significant people or events. We need to understand what tradeoffs are appropriate when hard decisions are being made about where retrofitting and redevelopment should occur.
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