Bridget Mitchell

Won’t you be my neighbor?
Vinyl print (20 x 36 inches)

My flag is an aerial photo of the subdivision at 111th and Kostner in Oak Lawn from 1957. At the time of the photo, the houses are still under construction. I chose this particular photo from the Local History archives because of its proximity to the geographic location of the flag pole, and because the strong horizontal stripes already resembled the elements of a flag.

For three generations, my family has lived in Oak Lawn. This flag is a representation of my community.  Like most suburbs, Oak Lawn’s population grew rapidly in the Post–World War II economic expansion.  Since 1950, the majority of Americans have lived in the suburbs.  (52%) The homogenous suburb is a huge part of American culture.  But all of those towns are full of people that make up the unique identity of their community. My community is full of family, friends, and neighbors.

bmitchell flag

****** Bonus Materials ******

Songs about the Suburbs

1962 -Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds
1967- Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees
1982- Subdivisions by Rush
1996- 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins
2001- Rockin’ the Suburbs by Ben Folds
2010- The Suburbs by Arcade Fire