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Talks about urban development in the usa

US-Americans have always strived for their unique identity and a drastic difference from Europe and its urban culture. Therefore anti-urbanism has always been a considerable and significant component of the Democratic Party’s ideology which was at the top of the power in the first half of the 19th century. There are many reasons why US-Americans neglected the idea of developing urban cities and completely abandoned her. White US-Americans of these times were Europeans who left the continent of Europe and migrated to a new land, where they wanted to create a new way of life. They wanted to establish a country that would have been completely different from Europe, where the cities were reeking of corruption. 

Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, idealized a specific type of American: The one who was part of the middle class, independent and held a small scale land to perform agricultural work. So, if Thomas Jefferson was thinking in this way and had such distinct opinions on what type of citizens should have been living in the USA, we can assume that this is why US-Americans disfavored cities so much. They wanted to base their economy on agriculture and disapproved of any urbanized development. 

“A city life offers you indeed more means of dissipating time, but more frequent, also, and more painful objects of vice and wretchedness” – Thomas Jefferson. None of the founding fathers declined the fact that urbanization may have had its advantages but disadvantages outnumbered them. Let us borrow some of Thomas Jefferson’s words, sum up and answer the question of why US-Americans disfavored cities so much? Because it corrupts people, by offering them “painful objects of vice and wretchedness”.

After the industrial revolution, US-Americans wanted to create global villages on the foundations of their urbanized areas. One of the main components of a global village is that its citizens should be able to travel easily and move from one point to another as fast as possible. It is a simple formula – if the population of a specific city grows dramatically, then the need for more sophisticated technology increases. This is the main reason why the transportation revolution increased the growth of cities and affected it on such wide ranges. 

Demand creates a supply and vice versa, citizens of cities demanded to have ease of access and therefore got a supply of developed ways of transportation. Then, as the supply increased it created a demand for growth because as soon as people noticed that life in urbanized areas was easier, they started to move to cities for living, so the growth increased rapidly. As a result, the transformation of cities to sprawling monstrosities started and these were established as hubs of transportation again. In conclusion, as already mentioned numerous times, the transportation revolution increased the growth of the cities.