American Suburbia Season 4
S04 E01Jan 1, 1939
The City Jan 1, 1939 A pioneering short documentary film from 1939 that contrasts the problems of the contemporary urban environment with the superior social and physical conditions that can be provided in a planned community.
S04 E02Jan 1, 1949
For the Living Jan 1, 1949 Improvement of living conditions in 1940s New York City through the construction of public housing. Though ultimately a plug for the New York City Housing Authority, this film begins as a "story about a city -- this city."
S04 E03Jan 1, 1952
Cities How They Grow Jan 1, 1952 A study of our increasing urban population. Departing from the usual statistics and the sociological problems which are a result of the cities' growth, we learn that by observing what the workers of the city do, we can find out why the city grew.
S04 E04Jan 1, 1953
New Neighbor Jan 1, 1953 Building a steel mill from scratch and a city for its workers (Levittown, Pa.).
S04 E05Jan 1, 1956
The Dynamic American City Jan 1, 1956 Advocates urban redevelopment and renewal, 1950s-style. Supports many planning strategies which are criticized today: the destruction of "blighted" neighborhoods in the name of progress, autocentric planning and construction, and suburban sprawl.
S04 E06Jan 1, 1959
Community Growth: Crisis and Challenge Jan 1, 1959 Home builders decry unplanned suburban sprawl, 1950s-style.