International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Alternative Landscapes and “Rootlessness” in a Suburban Community
Elgin L. Klugh

Abstract
This paper explores ways that different communities of stakeholders conceptualize the same geographical space as home, and specific strategies employed to counter feelings of rootlessness associated with development and demographic change. The geographic space of reference for this research is the Tamarack Triangle community of Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to this iteration of community and landscape existed the semi-rural African American community of Smithville. Through the preservation of the Smithville School, and the utilization of Internet technology (i.e. Facebook), stakeholder communities preserve landscapes of memory and provide each other a sense of mooring to counter feelings of rootlessness.

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