Module 3 assignment
In the late nineteenth century, fast-growing urban centers such as New Orleans suffered tremendous housing shortages.
In the late nineteenth century, fast-growing urban centers such as New Orleans suffered tremendous housing shortages. People could afford to build houses in the less dense areas of the city, but its muddy, rutted streets could not support the traffic back into the shops and factories of the business core. The invention and installation of an elaborate system of streetcars allowed the moderately well-to-do of the city to escape into new suburbs built along its lines.
Incorporate what you’ve read about urban settlement patterns, living conditions, and transportation in chapter eighteen with what you see in the map animation. New Orleans wasn’t any different than other cities in terms of how transportation networks affected the racial and class composition of the inner city and suburbs.
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Using the readings from Unfinished Nation and the New Orleans Street Cars animation, answer the following questions in 500-to-750-words (essay format is prefered):
What natural features bounded development for the city of New Orleans?
How did geography shape the city before the streetcar revolution?
What new areas did the streetcars help to create?
What institutions were connected to the city by the streetcars?
What areas diminished in relative importance as a result of changes in population?
What changes did streetcars make in the class and racial composition of the central city and outlying area?
What groups were able to move to the new suburbs?
What groups stayed behind in the older sections of the city?
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