Suburban Place? Constructing Place in Overland Park, Kansas

Suburban Place? Constructing Place in Overland Park, Kansas

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Do suburbs like Overland Park, Kansas possess a qsense of place?q This thesis not only attempts to transcend the misrepresentations of suburbs as qplacelessness, q it also attempts to examine suburbs as places, thus examining people's experience with qplace, q its functions, and its symbolic meanings. This thesis examines the early development of the built environment in downtown Overland Park, the attempt to preserve that same landscape as a vital economic and social environment by organizing a Business Improvement District, and the evidence through the attachment to some symbolic buildings, such as the Glenwood Theatre, that some residents of Overland Park have developed a qsense of place.qThis two hundred and forty-acre campus has twenty-two buildings, sixteen parking garages, an eight-story illuminated clock tower that plays thirty different a€œ songs, a€ two food courts, ... The Sprint campus is so large that it has its own zip code.

Title:Suburban Place? Constructing Place in Overland Park, Kansas
Author: Daniel J. Carey
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008

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