Booming 'Burbs: Suburbia Shapes NJ Culture

January 4, 2016

New Jersey has been the scene of revolutionary warfare, manmade catastrophes and devastating storms, but nothing has transformed our state like the Baby Boom, the unparalleled population explosion unleashed by the end of World War II.

As veterans returned from the war, they were eager to start families and move to the suburbs. Sitting between New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey was positioned for an unprecedented period of suburban housing, school and retail construction, as described by the distinguished Rutgers professors James W. Hughes and Joseph J. Seneca in their book, New Jersey’s Postsuburban Economy (Rutgers University Press, 2015).

New Jersey Monthly, January 4

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