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Willingboro, New Jersey is a residential community initially purchased and subdivided by Levitt and Sons for plans of property tax profit, following previous incantations of Levittown in New York and Pennsylvannia. By 1956, Levitt had acquired 90% of the Township and developed Willingboro in idealistic planned suburbia. This photo shows the continuation of growth after Levitt took leave when the area was no longer profitable, in 1963.


Gans, Herbert J. "The Levittowners: Ways of Life and Politics in a New Suburban Community." Pantheon Books, 1967. "A Short History of Willingboro." Willingboro Public Library, 2010, Accessed 14 Dec. 2016.


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Building Type

Single family dwelling

Subject Headings

Suburbs -- New Jersey -- Willingboro; House construction -- New Jersey -- Willingboro; Urban renewal -- New Jersey - Willingboro; Cities and towns -- Growth -- New Jersey -- Willingboro

Country Name

United States

Region Name

New Jersey

City Name

Willingboro Township


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