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High Life

Condo Living in the Suburban Century
by Matthew Gordon Lasner
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Pub Date: 2012
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 336 pp.
Size: 7.50 x 10.25 inches

ISBN: 9780300164084
TB Code: 2001302
Availability: 180 in stock

The first comprehensive architectural and cultural history of condominium and cooperative housing in 20th-century America.

Today, one in five homeowners in American cities and suburbs lives in a multifamily home rather than a single-family dwelling. As the American dream evolves, precipitated by declining real estate prices and a renewed interest in city living, many predict that condos will become the predominant form of housing in the 21st century. In this unprecedented study Matthew Gordon Lasner explores the history of co-owned multifamily housing in the United States, from New York City's first co-op, in 1881, to contemporary condo and townhouse complexes coast to coast. Lasner explains the complicated social, economic, and political factors that have increased demand for this way of living, situating the trend within the larger housing market and broad shifts in residential architecture. He contrasts the prevalence and popularity of condos, townhouses, and other privately governed communities with their ambiguous economic, legal, and social standing, as well as their striking absence from urban and architectural history.