Now and Then

Now and Then

The archetype of the modern suburban community, Levittown, N.Y. (right), helped provide affordable housing to post–World War II Americans and satisfy the country's appetite for homes. More recently, house price appreciation led to the overbuilding that contributed to the swoon the economy has experienced.

Photos of real estate signs and of Levittown
Photos by Brad Newton (left), and courtesy of Library of Congress photographic archives (right)