Jack FrevertPUP 190Assignment 2.1 Urban Sustainability1/17/18Suburban America: Problems and Promises Suburban America: Problems & Promise is a documentary by Ron Rudaitis filmed in a wide range of suburban areas around the United States focused primarily on the Long Island area. The film shows the genesis and history, political evolution, and developmental challenges in Suburban America.The documentary aims to ensure society that the suburbs are a better place to live. Therefore, the film targets our society as a whole. The main purpose of the documentary is to inform viewers about everyday life in the American suburb. The film also goes more in depth on how life can be made better in these societies and what problems that people face who live in these areas. Because I grew up in a typical suburban town, I was aware of the issues and benefits of living in such a society. The main subject of the documentary is the American suburb itself. The film addresses the way individuals live their lives in the suburbs. The film dabbles in both the problems and opportunities that are offered in these areas. The documentary is about life in the suburbs. The documentary features interviews of high profile individuals such as politicians in the suburban regions and many factors are addressed in the interviews such as sustainability, the economy, and evolution of politics. A majority of the film was shot in Long Island. My favorite part of the documentary is in the beginning of the film where we analyse how politics evolve and influence the suburb. It’s interesting to see the evolution of the suburban landscapes and how political beliefs grow with it. I learned that when it comes to politics, the suburbs play a huge role in our outcomes of the election. The population of these areas are half of the total population of the United States. This means that whoever wins over the suburbs, wins over the election. This really surprised me because I did not realize how much of the population resides in suburban areas and how they can determine the outcomes of the elections and sway our country’s political beliefs. However, a drawback to the documentary is that it was too sprawled out when it came to location. The subject is very complicated and is hard to be covered within the hour that the film is. It would have been more beneficial if the film was confined to a single location (Long Island). I learned a lot of information from the film and because of this I would absolutely recommend this for future students taking the class. It is a very elaborate and interesting topic that furthers our understanding of the suburban culture.