Located in rtheast Queens, Fresh Meadows grew up around a housing development of the same name, built for World War II veterans. The site plan for the development t only provided an array of green open space, but it also enabled residents to enjoy a variety of services within walking distance. The development became the centerpiece of a brand-new neighborhood, which had been the site of a country club and farmland. In 1949, rewned urban and architecture critic Lewis Mumford hailed the Fresh Meadows housing development as perhaps the most positive and exhilarating example of large-scale community planning in this country. Fresh Meadows captures the optimism of the postwar era by illustrating how middle-class families thrived in an environment that combined the best aspects of urban and suburban living.