The City Planners by Margaret Attwood Support Material

Canadian poet/author Margaret Attwood is very negative about suburbia in ‘The City Planners’. I have included some clips about suburbs in the United States in particular the evolution of suburbia which happened after World War Two – in Britain, Australia and the US. The first clip is from a television series, and ‘Little Boxes’ by Pete Seeger is the theme song – one that my father taught me on long trips through suburban Sydney to get to the beach! It’s a jolly song, but listen to the lyrics -what is the message?

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