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LEVITTOWN
Apple Pie and American Dreams

 

Thirty miles east of New York City, Levittown was a post WWI community project.  It is approximately 6.9 square miles and only a population of 450 people. The opportunity for Levitt to buy land from the potato farmers for a low price came from the unfortunate destruction when the Golden Nematode ruined the crops.

Not one of the first but it was the largest housing project by a single builder.  Levitt and Sons built more than seventeen thousand houses between 1947 and 1951, with seven village greens, shopping centers, fourteen playgrounds, nine swimming pools, two bowling alleys, and a town hall This community was built on land that had once been potato farms.  Levitt and Sons donated land for churches, fire stations and schools.

Levitt announced on March of 1947 that they would be building at least 350 homes, this project started two months later.


“and God bless
Mommy and Daddy and Mr. Levitt.”


Years later,  William Levitt smiled when he remembered the story of a boy in Levittown, Long Island, who's parents heard him end his bedtime prayers with “and God bless Mommy and Daddy and Mr. Levitt.” Young families felt he was a blessing to the housing shortage.  In 1968, he sold Levitt and Sons and at that time more Americans lived in suburbs than in cities, making Levittown the largest suburb in history, and his family was responsible for this feat.

 

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