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Old 07-25-2011, 09:17 AM
Location: The City
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The mainline of Philadelphia was settled and developed long before WWII

Philadelphia Main Line - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Brief History of the Philadelphia Main Line Suburbs
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:23 PM
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Just practically every town in Chicagoland with a Metra commuter rail station.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:36 PM
Location: Midtown Omaha
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Omaha's first was Dundee. It was founded in 1880 and annexed in 1915. Heck one of Japan's fire balloons exploded over Dundee during WWII so itwas obviously around during it .
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:04 PM
Location: Savannah GA
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Since the fact has already been firmly established that yes indeed there WERE suburbs before WWII, perhaps the thread can evolve into people sharing info and links to their city's first suburbs? In Savannah that would be ARDSLEY PARK which is today not only part of the city proper but one of the most beautiful and desirable places you'd ever want to live ANYWHERE! It was designed to duplicate the grid-and-squares plan of Savannah's original historic district but with one amazingly brilliant addition: A spoke-and-wheel overlay that resulted in radial streets and a giant "loop road" through the entire neighborhood known as Chatham Crescent.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:47 AM
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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In English the word "suburb" apparently goes back to the fourteenth century, but was rare and the word "suburban" apparently goes back to just the seventeenth century. Although some things indicate there really were suburbs in the fourteenth century and I've read of suburbs from ancient times.

Some of the suburbs of Boston I think are the oldest US suburbs. Although they weren't necessarily designed to be suburbs. Long Island and Westchester County also have some old towns that became suburbs as does Philadelphia. Riverside, Illinois was apparently designed to be a suburb of Chicago in the 1870s and I think I mentioned it.
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