Upscale Suburbanization: Prairieview

Patricia A. Howard, Consolata Kabonesa, Bret Kloos and Stephanie Schaefer

in Newcomers to Old Towns

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226734125
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734118 | DOI:
Upscale Suburbanization: Prairieview

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This chapter presents a case study of suburbanization in Prairieview, Illinois. The growth of Prairieview was spurred by the completion of an interstate highway in the early 1970s which linked Prairieview to nearby small cities and the rapid expansion that occurred after the highway came through. After just two decades the village transformed into an affluent residential community, suburban rather than rural small town in character, all white, and solidly Republican. This chapter also provides tables showing the changes in the demographic and employment profiles of Prairieville from 1980 to 2000.

Keywords: suburbanization; Prairieview; Illinois; interstate highway; affluent community; demographic profile; employment profile; Republican

Chapter.  7259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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