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Postwar Suburbia

Postwar Suburbia

Current Events & Pop Culture

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Levittown Goes Under

An NPR article from February 2008 reports on the effects of Levitt and Son's recent declaration of bankruptcy, and takes a brief look at the history of Levittown, New York. The website includes a number of photos of Levittown in the late 1940s.


"Levittown was the first mass-produced American suburb — and is widely regarded as the archetype for post-war suburbia.

Levitt and Sons built the planned community on farmland on Long Island in Nassau County, N.Y., beginning in the late 1940s. The company adopted assembly-line methods aimed at producing fast, cheap housing: By the summer of 1948, it was turning out 30 houses a day. Other 'Levittowns' followed — in Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Although today the name "Levittown" conjures images of cookie-cutter homogeneity, many of the homes in the original Long Island community have been expanded and redesigned beyond recognition."