Billy Joel: The Chronicler of the Suburbanization in New York

29 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2016 Last revised: 4 May 2016

Patricia Salkin

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Irene Crisci

Touro Law Center

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Artists often chronicle historical developments through their chosen medium. In the case of Billy Joel, some of his lyrics can be traced to the early sustainability movements as he wrote about the migration of people from the cities and the attendant problems with rapid suburbanization. Described by Tony Bennett as “a poet, a performer, a philosopher and today’s American songbook,” his lyrics address, among other topics, land use, community development, and environmental issues. Following World War II, there was a major shift in population settlement patterns in the United States. As war heroes returned home, not only did the country experience a population uptick with what is referred to as the baby boomer generation, but the introduction of the automobile and the investment in road and highway infrastructure created the perfect storm for population movements from the cities to the suburbs.

Keywords: Billly Joel, Touro Law Center, suburbanization, land use, urban sprawl, sustainability, migration, community development, population movement, suburbs, environment

Suggested Citation

Salkin, Patricia and Crisci, Irene, Billy Joel: The Chronicler of the Suburbanization in New York (2015). 32 Touro L. Rev. 111 (2015); Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 16-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2761476

Patricia E. Salkin (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

Irene Crisci

Touro Law Center

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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