Soloflex refers to an exercise machine and the company created in 1978 by Jerry Wilson which makes the machine. The machine was the first of its kind.
Soloflex also makes the Rockit and adjustable dumbbells.
Soloflex, the company has been involved in a major lawsuit over the similarly named Bowflex exercise machine which they have claimed damaged their marketing both through "copycat" advertising and later through a major product recall. The case was settled out of court with an 8 million dollar cash payment to Soloflex .
Soloflex machines use an elastic element to provide resistance which means that force increases further into the exercise. This has been considered to be a disadvantage by serious weight trainers who have stated that it reduces the efficiency of the exercise provided.
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This has been considered to be a disadvantage by serious weight trainers who have stated that it reduces the efficiency of the exercise provided. "Suburbia" Matthew Good Band. Soloflex machines use an elastic element to provide resistance which means that force increases further into the exercise. sit-coms are set in the suburbs, including the animated Family Guy and The Simpsons. The case was settled out of court with an 8 million dollar cash payment to Soloflex . Many U.S. Soloflex, the company has been involved in a major lawsuit over the similarly named Bowflex exercise machine which they have claimed damaged their marketing both through "copycat" advertising and later through a major product recall. Suburban life through the eyes of stay-at-home wives and mothers is portrayed in the ABC television series Desperate Housewives.
Soloflex also makes the Rockit and adjustable dumbbells. The Australian show Kath & Kim pillories the nouveau white trash of subdivisions with exaggerated provincial accents and below-average intelligence. The machine was the first of its kind. It was set in the fictional town of Knots Landing, California, and followed the lives of several families who lived on the suburban cul-de-sac Seaview Circle. Soloflex refers to an exercise machine and the company created in 1978 by Jerry Wilson which makes the machine. Knots Landing was a long-running show depicting suburban life. It is set in Ramsay Street in suburban Erinsborough.
Neighbours has been on television in Australia since 1985 and the United Kingdom from the following year. On the other hand, the expected huge expansion of the town soon effectively covered the distance from the central town, and now those suburbs are completely engulfed by the main territory of the town, and other newer suburbs were created at a further distance from them. Many critics have seen in this development pattern (that was circularly distributed in every direction) also a quick solution to a problem of public order (keeping the unwelcome poorest classes - together with criminals, in this way better controlled - comfortably remote from the elegant "official" town). In the illustrative case of Rome, Italy, in the 1920s and 1930s, suburbs were intentionally created ex novo in order to give lower classes a destination, in consideration of the actual and foreseen massive arrival of poor people from other areas of the country.
The favelas of Rio de Janeiro may also be considered an example of this type of suburb. The occupiers of more industrialised or longer-lasting homes may refer to such suburbs as "shanty towns". Often nomads settle their camps in suburbs. In some cases inhabitants just live off the waste materials produced by the city (like, increasingly, around new African towns) and usually in such situations suburbs and houses are roughly built, often not even in the traditional building materials, as seen for example in the bidonvilles.
It has been said that this would be sometimes a case of spontaneous or psychological apartheid. In the Third World, such slum areas are often irregularly built or managed, with individualistic, unregulated building and other forms of social or legal disorder. An example in the developed world would be the banlieues of France, which are comparable to the inner cities of the UK and US. In many parts of the globe, however, suburbs are economically poor areas, inhabited by people sometimes in real misery, that keep at the limit of the city borders for economic or social reasons like the impossibility of affording the (usually higher) costs of life in the town.
Commercial concerns tend to retard the opening of services until a large number of residents have occupied the new neighbourhood. In England this is displacing the now discredited notion of 'urban villages', but the credibility of both ideas is challenged by the increasing involvement of commercial interests in developing new hospitals, secondary schools and public transport services. The new catchphrase is 'building sustainable communities' rather than housing estates. Whether any society succeeds in reducing the average distance travelled by each citizen by means of such planning strategies remains to be seen.
In the UK, the government is (2003) seeking to impose minimum densities on newly approved housing schemes in parts of southeast England. This movement has resulted in both the construction of new developments that embody these principles, and renovation of areas in existing city centers for new residential and commercial activities. Some of these communities seek to reduce car-dependency (and thus the use of personal automobiles) wherever possible. Such communities ease traffic, since people do not need to commute as far, and may foster a better sense of community among residents.
This movement among city planners, builders, and architects holds that denser, more city-like communities with less rigid zoning laws and mixed-use buildings are desirable. A socio-political movement called "New Urbanism" or "Smart Growth" is currently in vogue in the U.S.A., Canada and northern Europe, in response to the perceived threat of "urban sprawl". Chesapeake, which is not part of the area name but has already surpassed Newport News in population, is growing at a rate that will probably see it also surpass Norfolk in population well before the 2010 Census. Despite recent efforts by city leaders in Virginia Beach to create a more urban environment, the urban core of the area lies in Norfolk, which will soon become the third-largest city in the region.
Although the United States Census Bureau officially calls the area the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area, in keeping with its normal practice of putting the most populous city in a metropolitan area in the lead position of its name, the naming does not reflect the actual character of the area. In one metropolitan area, the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, the largest city is actually a suburb, namely Virginia Beach. The five largest suburbs in North America, in order, are Mississauga, Ontario; Mesa, Arizona; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Surrey, British Columbia; and Laval, Quebec. Mississauga also has a higher population than the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.
cities of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Boston, Massachusetts; Washington DC; Nashville, Tennessee; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; New Orleans, Louisiana; Las Vegas, Nevada; Cleveland, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia; Sacramento, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Miami, Florida etc. Mississauga is larger than the U.S. Mississauga is the largest suburban municipality in all of North America, with a population of 636,801 and a population density of 2125.1/km². Another example is Mississauga, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto, Ontario).
Louis, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew at a much faster rate than even Phoenix between 1990 and 2000. For example, Mesa, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona), is larger than St. In fact, many American and Canadian suburbs are now larger than other urban population centers. It is not unusual for suburbs to house several hundred thousand people.
An example of this is Nassau County, New York on Long Island which houses some of New York City's suburbs, where population density is just as big as some of New York City's boroughs. Now, partly due to increased populations in many greater metropolitan areas, suburbs can be densely populated and contain apartment buildings and townhouses, as well as office complexes, light manufacturing facilities, and shopping centers or malls. In North America, suburbs traditionally were residential areas with single-family homes located near shopping areas and schools, with good access to trains, freeways or other transport systems. By 1980 this was often perceived as undesirable, extending travel times and adding to people's sense of isolation and fear in central areas outside trading hours.
The development of the skyscraper and the sharp inflation of downtown real estate prices also led to downtowns being more fully dedicated to businesses, thus pushing residents outside the city centre. (1). In the US, 1970 was the first year that more people lived in suburbs than elsewhere. Rohnert Park, a suburb of Santa Rosa, California and San Francisco, California was originally marketed in the late 50's as "A Country Club for the middle class.".
Many people equate suburbs with early planned cities such as Levittown, New York and Rohnert Park, California. During the same period of time, African-Americans were rapidly moving north for better jobs and educational opportunities than they could get in the segregated South, and their arrival in Northern cities en masse further stimulated white suburban migration. Between 1950 and 1956 the resident population of all US suburbs increased by 46%. Returning veterans wishing to start a settled life moved en masse to the suburbs.
While suburbs had originated far earlier, the suburban population in North America exploded after World War II. Some social reformers attempted to combine the best of both concepts in the Garden City movement. An alternative strategy is the deliberate design of "new towns" and the protection of green belts around cities. This has resulted in increased density in older suburbs and, often, the growth of lower density suburbs even further from city centers.
Moving along with the population, many companies also located their offices and other facilities in the outer areas of the cities. Increasingly, due to the congestion and pollution experienced in many city centers (accentuated by the commuters' vehicles), more people moved out to the suburbs. Manufacturing and commercial buildings were segregated in other areas of the city. In the suburbs, where standalone houses are the rule, lots may be 85 feet wide by 115 feet deep, as in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois.
For example, the lot size for a residence in Chicago, Illinois is usually 125 feet deep, while the width can vary from 14 feet wide for a row house to 45 feet wide for a large standalone house. These suburban residences are built on larger lots of land than in the urban city. Zoning laws also contributed to the location of residential areas outside of the city center by creating wide areas or "zones" where only residential buildings were permitted. This trend towards living away from towns and cities has been termed the urban exodus.
As car ownership rose and wider roads were built, the commuting trend accelerated as in North America. In the United Kingdom, railways stimulated the first mass exodus to the suburbs, which were described as "Metroland" around London, and were mostly characterised by semi-detached houses. The growth in the use of trains, and later automobiles and highways, increased the ease with which workers could have a job in the city while commuting in from the suburbs. This practice gave rise to the term bedroom community or dormitory, meaning that most daytime business activity took place in the city, with the working population leaving the city at night for the purpose of going home to sleep.
In the older cities of the northeast U.S., suburbs originally developed along train or trolley lines that could shuttle workers into and out of city centers where the jobs were located. The growth of suburbs was initially facilitated by the development of zoning laws and more effective and accessible means of transport. Naturally, the suburbs suffering air pollution tended to be cheaper and hence tend to be occupied by those with lower incomes. Suburbs with a healthier environment are often found upwind of those parts of a town or city where heavy industry was first established.
In lowland areas, without severe geographic barriers to movement, a spacing of towns between 15 and 20 miles is therefore quite common. In the era before motorised travel, the radius of the hinterland roughly coincided with the distance that livestock could be herded to and from a market during daylight hours. That wider area may be called the hinterland of the town or a "city region". The suburbs and more distinct settlements around a town or city may look towards the urban area for goods, services and employment opportunities.
Many sociologists see suburbs as a post-urban area which develops in response to worsening conditions within a city with a communication and transport system which allows citizens to live outside the city while doing business inside. Outer suburbs are the postal divisions found in the outer rings of the metropolitan areas, and usually lie within the boundaries of a separate municipality, such as the City of Greater Dandenong. Locals will refer to Carlton as a suburb even though it is a densely urban neighbourhood. For instance, Carlton, postcode 3053, is an inner suburb of Melbourne, even though it lies within the boundaries of the City of Melbourne.
Inner suburbs are subdivisions within the denser urban areas of the cities, and correspond to what would be called neigbourhoods in North American cities. Suburbs there are official postal and addressing subdivisions of a city. The term suburb as used in Australia reflects this, and thus has an ambiguous meaning to non-Australians. However, the key commercial element - commuting to work - was not really there, although it would appear during the 20th century.
With huge expanses of land needing to be populated, lack of need for defence as well as the popularity of railroads (which grew at a swift rate) contributed to sprawling urbanism somewhat resembling suburbia. Many characteristics of suburbia were found in Australia as early as the 19th century. In New Zealand suburbs can also be inner city areas, such as Te Aro in Wellington. For example, Wimbledon is considered a suburb of London, England.
In Britain, Ireland and New Zealand, "suburbs" are merely residential neighbourhoods outside of the city centre. Colloquial usage sometimes shortens the term to "'burb" (with or without the apostrophe), and "The Burbs" first appeared as a term for the suburbs of Chicagoland. This definition is evident, for example, in the title of David Rusk's book Cities Without Suburbs, which promotes metropolitan government. In American English, the word "suburb" usually refers to a separate municipality or an unincorporated area outside of a central city.
The word "suburb" is derived from the Old French "sub(b)urbe" and ultimately from the Latin "suburbium," formed from "sub," meaning "under," and "urbs," meaning "city." (Note that urbs was pronounced oorps.) The first recorded usage according to the Oxford English Dictionary comes from Wyclife, in 1380, where the form "subarbis" is used. . Suburbs have typically grown in areas with an abundance of flat land near a large urban zone, usually with minimal traditions of citizens clustering together for defence behind fortified city walls, and with transport systems which allow commuting into more densely populated areas with higher levels of commerce. The presence of certain elements (whose definition varies amongst urbanists, but usually refers to some basic services and to the territorial continuity) identifies a suburb as a peripheral populated area with a certain autonomy, where the density of habitation is usually lower than in an inner city area, though state or municipal house building will often cause departures from that organic gradation.
Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. Journal of Urban Design 4 (3). "A Grotesque Measure for Marietta". & Schank, Kendra (1999).
Smith, Albert C. Slate. "Suburban Despair". 7, 2005).
Rybczynski, Witold (Nov. "Suburbia Streets" by Fast Crew. "Hey Suburbia" by Screeching Weasel. "Sound of the Suburbs" by The Members.
"Suburban Home" by The Descendents. "Greater Omaha" by Desaparecidos. "Buddha of Suburbia" by David Bowie. "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds.
"Rocking The Suburbs" by Ben Folds. "Jesus of Suburbia" by Green Day. "Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees. "Subdivisions" by Rush.
"Suburbia" by the Pet Shop Boys.