A New Generation of “Single-Family” Homes

Multigenerational Homebuilding in the Suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona

Authored by: Willow S. Lung-Amam

The Routledge Handbook of Housing Policy and Planning

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138188433
eBook ISBN: 9781315642338
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The form of the American suburban house has been changing. From former custom-crafted elite estates and mass-produced postwar homes to today’s McMansions, single-family homes in the United States have taken on different forms at different times to accommodate their many users, uses, and ideals. This chapter investigates how homebuilders have responded to Americans’ increasing rates of multigenerational living and the diversity of multigenerational households in the past several decades. While the number and proportion of families living in multigenerational families were on the decline throughout much of the twentieth century, rates have risen since 1990, principally among immigrants, minorities, baby boomers, and Millennials.

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