Levittown

/lev"it town'/, n.
a town on W Long Island, in SE New York. 57,045.

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Extensive suburban housing development in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. Developed 1946–51 by the firm of Levitt and Sons, Inc., it was an early example of a completely preplanned and mass-produced housing complex.

It contained thousands of low-cost homes (with accompanying shopping centers, playgrounds, swimming pools, community halls, and schools). Levitt repeated the formula in Bucks County, Pa. (1951–55). The name Levittown became equated with similar developments built across the country in the postwar building boom. Though once widely deplored, his towns differ from other, usually monotonous, middle-class speculative developments in their meandering roads and lush plantings.

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      unincorporated residential community in Hempstead town (township), Nassau county, western Long Island, New York, U.S. Developed between 1946 and 1951 by the firm of Levitt and Sons, Inc., Levittown was an early example of a completely preplanned and mass-produced housing complex (urban planning). More than 17,000 low-cost homes were built, with accompanying shopping centres, playgrounds, swimming pools, community halls, and schools. The name Levittown became a national symbol for suburbia during the post-World War II building boom. Many of the homes were subsequently remodeled or redesigned, and few of the original structures remain. Pop. (1990) 53,286; (2000) 53,067.

      extensive, unincorporated suburban housing development in Bucks county, eastern Pennsylvania, U.S., near the big bend of the Delaware River, approximately midway between Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey. It was built between 1951 and 1958 by Levitt & Sons, Inc., who repeated there the planned construction formula that resulted in the development of Levittown, New York, in the late 1940s. The first occupants arrived in June 1952. The name Levittown is now equated with similar developments all across the country.

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