Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

3-1978

Description

This is an aerial photograph of Saint Petersburg’s Meadowlawn Neighborhood. The land this neighborhood is built on was once a bog with woods and weeds as well as a place where cattle would come to graze from two local dairy farmers. Before it was developed, the land here was prone to flooding and had to be filled before anything could be built on it. This filling processes was done by digging lakes and using the extra soil as landfill.

Meadowlawn was originally named and developed by John Thea Haynsworth Jr. in 1953. In the first year of development 250 homes were completed as well as some shopping centers, a lake and a park. The St. Petersburg Times called Meadowlawn a “fast growing city.” When Meadowland was in its initial stages of development, many people thought that it would be too far away from St. Petersburg to interest future home buyers. Five decades later, the neighborhood would have more than 5,500 residents and 2,220 homes along with a number of business, offices and a school.

Notes

http://meadowlawnna.org/history.html

(Accessed on 21 May 2012)

http://meadowlawnna.org/public/resources/Meadowlawn%20Sees%20Growth.pdf

(Accessed on 21 May 2012)

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Creator 2 Dates

1910-2011

Creator 2 Role

Developer

Themes

New Towns

Subject Headings

"Neighborhood Planning -- City Planning -- Meadowlawn -- Saint Petersburg -- Florida; Real Estate Development -- Rural Development Projects -- Suburbs;"

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

Florida

City Name

Saint Petersburg

Street Address

Meadowlawn Neighborhood

Keywords

neighborhoods, neighborhood planning, new town, planned communities, Medowlawn Neighborhood, suburbs, Saint Petersburg, Florida

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