Streetcars and American cities, 1870-1920

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1986

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This paper represents an attempt to discover the relationship(s) between the adoption of a streetcar system of transportation and land use patterns. In addition, we will attempt to develop an understanding of how the physical changes in the structure of American cities may have affected urban social relationships. The paper briefly examines the history of transportation development, culminating with the streetcar. Then, comparative studies are made of six cities in an attempt to discern changes in the relationships mentioned above. Finally, the growth of a specific area in Houston is reconstructed by means of historic and archaeological data. Patterns of development found elsewhere are tested against the data recovered for Houston, Texas.

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Street-railroads, Urban transportation, Social aspects

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