Although the company specializes in new construction tract housing
, each order is unique.
These drive-bys have become particularly prevalent in tract housing
and other areas where "cookie-cutter" dwellings predominate.
While leaving Chicago, which is a frighteningly long ride through miles of traffic jams and suburban tract housing
, I listened to Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente from Havana to New York.
"Even for tract housing
, glass block has become available and at a very effective cost," says Jeff Crowder, sales representative for the Glass Block Shop, a Dallas glass block retailer.
Anyone who has spent time in the bleak maze of tract housing
known as suburban Calgary--an arid developer's grid strewn with 7-11s, Co-op stores, ranch-style bungalows and ersatz cowboy culture--would have recognized the featureless canvas on which Burns's teen protagonists played out their dunderheaded dramas.
Beers stresses that this version of the American Dream - complete with cradle-to-grave job security, steady promotion and raises, and fashionable, ever-appreciating tract housing
- was not without costs.
The other half were quickly moved into tract housing
in cities like Flagstaff.
He went on to become a national pioneer in the development of tract housing
. Meanwhile, Isaac's son, Hyman became acquainted with the family business, and went on to build dozens of hallmark projects throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
That changed in the late 1950s when so-called merchant builders such as Joseph Eichler, George Alexander and Ray Homes cross-pollinated their designs with Case Study modernism churning out tract housing
by the tens of thousands.
Thus it comes as no great revelation when Norwegian artist Sven Pahlsson's Sprawlville or Life at Highway Exit Ramp, 2002, a digitally animated riff on mass-produced tract housing
and strip malls, once again draws our attention to the soulless properties of these land-hungry environments.
"Beazer brings us the technical support and financial wherewithal to get into tract housing
as well as the semi-custom homes we are known for," says Gulfcoast president Craig Bloxham, who founded the company with his brother Norman.
He is continuing the work his father, Isaac Muss, started almost 100 years ago, by becoming one of the pioneers of tract housing
in this country, building hundreds of units a year in the Brownsville and East New York areas of Brooklyn.