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By Francesca Russello Ammon

Although the a long time following international warfare II stand out as an period of swift progress and building within the usa, these years have been both major for large-scale destruction. so as to transparent area for brand spanking new suburban tract housing, an formidable process of interstate highways, and broad city renewal improvement, wrecking businesses demolished structures whereas earthmoving contractors leveled land at an exceptional velocity and scale. during this pioneering background, Francesca Russello Ammon explores how postwar the US got here to equate this destruction with progress.

The bulldozer functioned as either the capacity and the metaphor for this paintings. because the desktop reworked from a wartime weapon into an tool of postwar making plans, it helped discover a landscape-altering “culture of clearance.” within the arms of the army, planners, politicians, engineers, building employees, or even children’s publication authors, the bulldozer grew to become an American icon. but social and environmental injustices emerged as clearance initiatives persisted unabated. This knowledge spurred environmental, preservationist, and citizen participation efforts that experience helped to gradual, although now not totally cease, the momentum of the postwar bulldozer.

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