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Newcomers to Old TownsSuburbanization of the Heartland$
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Sonya Salamon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226734125

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226734118.001.0001

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Upscale Suburbanization: Prairieview

Upscale Suburbanization: Prairieview

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(p.74) 4 Upscale Suburbanization: Prairieview
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Newcomers to Old Towns
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Patricia A. Howard

Consolata Kabonesa

Bret Kloos

Stephanie Schaefer

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226734118.003.0004

This chapter presents a case study of suburbanization in Prairieview, Illinois. The growth of Prairieview was spurred by the completion of an interstate highway in the early 1970s which linked Prairieview to nearby small cities and the rapid expansion that occurred after the highway came through. After just two decades the village transformed into an affluent residential community, suburban rather than rural small town in character, all white, and solidly Republican. This chapter also provides tables showing the changes in the demographic and employment profiles of Prairieville from 1980 to 2000.

Keywords:   suburbanization, Prairieview, Illinois, interstate highway, affluent community, demographic profile, employment profile, Republican

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