American Suburbia: Urban Paradise (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Social History, Sociology  |   Run Time - 141 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This documentary embodies a two-part meditation on the phenomenon of modernity, as it impacts both residential developments and American industry. The first half addresses the way that modern housing can easily prompt social isolation and frustration yet may also function as a welcome substitute for slums. The second half hones in on commerce, and discusses how continual industrialization may prompt the destruction of historically-relevant heritage buildings and encourage businesses to move to the suburbs, even as it boosts economies.

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housing, industry, isolation, modernity, suburban-sprawl, suburbs