Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Why were suburbs created

Suburbs were created to provide low cost housing.  Some suburbs were created in the 1800s and serviced by electric trains, but the boom started with Ford Motor Company.

Henry Ford was arguably the biggest reason why suburbs caught on the way they have. His innovative ideas for making cars cut manufacturing costs, reducing the retail price for customers. Now that an average family could afford a car, more people could go to and from home and work everyday. Additionally, the development of the Interstate Highway System further encouraged suburban growth.

Other factors included Government incentives to build houses outside the city rather than renovating or knocking down existing properties in the city and the baby boom creating an economic boom and need for additional housing units.

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