The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.
Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.
Key Concepts in Urban Studies:
Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.
The Chicago School
Pedestrian and Automobile
Called upon to name the most essential experiential contrast between the city and the suburb, it would have to be that of the pedestrian and the automobile. Clearly the difference between living in a high density residential building that is surrounded by other high density buildings in contrast to living in a single family, suburban home also typifies the difference between the city and the suburb. However, in this latter case, once inside these distinct structures, everyday life is quite similar. This is not the case with being on foot versus in a car while negotiating the built environment. A pedestrian and a driver or passenger in a car experience urban culture in completely distinct ways.
Low density suburban living is automobile oriented. Houses have [Page 108]driveways for access. It is ...