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By Julie Husband, Jim O'Loughlin

Lifestyle within the business age used to be ever-changing, unsettling, outright harmful, and sometimes exciting. electrical strength grew to become evening into day, towns swelled with immigrants from the nation-state and from Europe, and nice factories belched smoke and beat unnatural rhythms whereas turning out purchaser items at an extraordinary velocity. Distance and time condensed as rail go back and forth and telegraph strains tied the huge usa jointly as by no means prior to. First-hand money owed from employees, housewives, and kids aid light up the numerous achievements of the period and their influence at the daily lives of normal humans. Readers will study of a large diversity of private reviews, whereas comprehending the significance of the industrial and social advancements of the interval. A chronology, a thesaurus, greater than forty images, and additional analyzing assets entire the paintings.

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In contrast, the industrial city was decentralized and specialized. Specific areas of a city took on unique functions. The traditional heart of the city came to be dominated by manufacturing and business, creating what has come to be known as a central business district or downtown. Though elite housing from an earlier era was maintained, business expansion took over much of what was previously downtown residential space. The area immediately surrounding the downtown remained residential and was increasingly dominated by housing for the poorest segments of the population.

This problem was exacerbated when manufacturing interests bought up waterfront properties to have access to water transport, and growing populations placed a strain on existing housing. As cities grew, there needed to be a way to move large groups of people in and out of central business districts. In the mid-1800s, omnibuses and steam-powered commuter railroads were introduced to help bring an expanding population to and from workplaces. Omnibuses, horse-drawn carriages seating a dozen or so passengers, became popular at mid-century in large cities.

From Manchester, New Hampshire. (Courtesy Library of Congress) The City 29 nails and studs. These new houses could be constructed quickly by as few as two workers. In many cases, urban workers built their own homes using this method and blueprints that could be ordered out of mail-order catalogs. The development of the balloon frame changed house building from a craft to an industry. Outlying sections of cities and new suburbs catering to the emerging professional-managerial class were besieged by subdivisions.

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