HGP240 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: River Medlock, Industrial Revolution, Piece Work

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An all-out adaptation of the city to the automobile (p24: low density, sprawling urban areas, separation of land uses, emphasis on detached, single-family homes (esp. Given post-ww2 baby boom: new subdivisions exclusively residential, often with curvilinear road design, cities redesigned around expressways. High-speed roads to push through cities/older existing neighborhoods. 1945 -75 an era of tremendous prosperity, but also set us on a particular path: Virtually all journeys exceed walkable distances (p25) o: under-investment in public transit, destruction of heritage, connectivity in downtowns o, auto-oriented junkscapes. The neoliberal era - an era of economic uncertainty, less active government, and splintered public opinion o. Economic growth had slowed, with recessions becoming deeper and more frequent (p27: reduced government investment in urban infrastructure, fragmentation in public values, attitudes, globalization of production & consumption. Industrial cities: what is the industrial city, economic activity mostly about producing goods. Manufacturing (factory-based production and assembly of physical products)

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