By Stephen Rowley
Media depictions of group are greatly influential on wider well known opinion approximately how humans want to dwell. during this research, Rowley examines depictions of excellent groups in Hollywood movies and tv and explores the consequences of makes an attempt to construct real-world opposite numbers to such imagined areas.
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Streetscapes are also generally wide, lined by mature trees, and usually gently curving in a manner that recalls Olmstedian traditions of subdivision design. Gardens are well tended and attractive, while the streets themselves are places of activity, with children in particular playing in the street and in the front yards of houses. Houses usually have either low timber picket fences or no fences at all. The timber picket fence is significant in that it marks property boundaries in a manner that does not seek to aggressively exclude the private space beyond from the public realm; indeed, the adoption of the common fencing material means that the fence itself becomes a contribution to the shared streetscape architecture.
As already discussed, It’s a Wonderful Life ’s Genesee Street terminates in a town hall and a miniature civic precinct; in a similar fashion, the Main Street in The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek terminates in the newspaper building and a fire station. In Hail the Conquering Hero, which uses the same Main Street set, a church sits in this position. MOVIE TOWNS 29 Locally Owned and Socially Integrated Businesses In addition to community institutions, socializing also occurs around certain key business such as drugstores.
Davis” (as well as the houses belonging to “Mrs. Maitland” and “The Kennedys”) and can cite details of their individual financial circumstances. ” Even Bailey’s rival Potter, the symbol in the film of the hard-nosed and uncaring businessman, is well known to the community (although he makes a point of not knowing them). Another striking example of social integration of local business people is seen by the various figures whose place of business is the street and the home. Gibbs returning from a housecall to deliver twins.
Movie Towns and Sitcom Suburbs: Building Hollywood’s Ideal Communities by Stephen Rowley