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  • By the mid-1940s, the Overseas Replacement Depot facility had been sold back to private hands and converted into residential neighborhoods, industrial uses, and the Summit Avenue Shopping Center, the city’s first, which opened in 1949.
  • Following the war, the city annexed the northwestern Kirkwood neighborhood and the towns of Hamilton Lakes and Bessemer, adding the town of Guilford College in 1962. Several communities remained immune to annexation at mid-century, including Sedgefield, Pleasant Garden, Summerfield.
  • Outside of annexed communities, developers converted open land to suburban neighborhoods within the city limits, including the Starmount neighborhood beginning in the 1930s, and Starmount Farms, developed thereafter.
  • In 1957, Friendly Shopping Center opened as an outdoor mall opposite Starmount Farms, marking the city, along with adjoining neighborhoods such as Friendly Acres, with a decidedly suburban development pattern.
  • Along earlier-established streets, suburban models also became the choice of many as in Irving Park, a neighborhood developed starting in 1912 organized around the Greensboro Country Club, where several unused lots remained vacant following the Great Depression and World War II.
  • To the immediate north, New Irving Park and the Browntown neighborhoods also opened in the post-war years, and provided a number of building lots for the construction of houses designed by Edward Loewenstein, as well as other designers and contractors.

greensboro's suburbs

Like other North Carolina communities of moderate size and those across the nation, Greensboro’s population expanded dramatically following the close of World War II. Most of the growth followed suburban rather than urban models, made possible due to the ease of transportation by automobile. In and around all of these neighborhoods and communities, Edward Loewenstein designed residences for a variety of clients.

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