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Survey Says...
A survey taken in the 1950's found that Levittown residents were most concerned with 2 problems: unleashed dogs and world Communism, in that order.




 
the perfect community
This area of the website is dedicated to things that made Levittown a great community. There are more additional Photo Slideshows as you scroll down this web page, one on Racism in Early Levittown and another on Pride of Ownership.

The Rules
Of course, you cannot be the "perfect community" without a set of rules to follow. A 1950s version of today’s “Homeowner’s Association Covenants”, Levitt & Sons published, and had new home owner’s agree to and sign, a set of rules regarding the appearance and maintenance of their new homes. Click on the link below.

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Racism & Integration in Levittown
Levittown, PA had its share of growing pains. In Levittown's early years, Levitt refused to sell homes to African-Americans. In 1957 one family, named Myers, purchased a home in the Dogwood Hollow section. This caused a big ruckus and emotions flared. Mobs gathered outside of the house and threw rocks and bottles, breaking windows. One neighbor who had helped the black family had a cross burned on his lawn. Daisy Myers became sort of the “Rosa Parks” of Levittown by refusing to leave. The Myer’s family lived in Levittown for a while, but eventually moved away in the late 1950s.

By the time, I was growing up in Levittown in the 1960s, race was not such a big deal. There were not many black families, but those that came were accepted by almost everybody.


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Pride of Ownership
Especially for Veterans from the city and the rural areas, moving to Levittown was the American dream of single family home ownership. Levitt’s pricing and the GI Bill made that dream a reality for over 70,000 people in Levittown. For Levittowners, yard work and gardening were some of the most important and time-consuming leisure-time rituals that bonded neighboring families that were, in other ways, often very different. Families watered and fertilized and nursed their little trees with the same concentration they devoted to their children. There was a keen sense of pride of ownership of that 70 x 100 foot lot.


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