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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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Boosterism Breeds Suburbanization: Bunkerton

Boosterism Breeds Suburbanization: Bunkerton

(p.93) 5 Boosterism Breeds Suburbanization: Bunkerton
Newcomers to Old Towns

Cynthia Loula

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents a case study of the role of boosterism in the suburbanization process in the rural town of Bunkerton, Illinois. After decades of decline, merchant-led initiatives achieved a population gain of 5.5% in the 1990s, which represented a small influx of newcomers. These newcomers are blue-collar and lower-middle-class families attracted by the small-town ambience, the fine old homes and the good schools. Their presence resulted in tensions between tendencies to suburbanize and resistance to these trends by both oldtimers and the newcomers who long for an agrarian community. This chapter also provides tables showing the changes in the demographic and employment profiles of Bunkerton from 1980 to 2000.

Keywords:   boosterism, suburbanization, rural town, Bunkerton, Illinois, agrarian community, newcomers

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