By John Jordan
An Illustrated consultant to Battleships and Battlecruisers
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Spurred on by government home-loan guarantees and new highways, American suburbanization went nuts after World War II, and has continued to the present. A majority of Americans now live in Suburbia. These suburbs are maturing just as the old city centers did. With maturity comes a surprising degree of diversity—diversity of race and class, variety of commercial offerings, jobs, living situations. 42 Diverse or not, all American suburbs have one factor in common: They were all shaped by the near-universal use of the automobile.
The list is long, as the progression to motors seemed quite natural, irresistible, to the bike makers: . . among others [former bicycle manufacturers], Opel in Germany; Clément, Darracq, and Peugeot in France; Humber, Morris, and Rover in Great Britain; Pope, Peerless, Rambler, Winton, and Willys in the United States. A substantial proportion of engineering talent as well in the early automobile industry was provided by former bicycle mechanics—including William Morris, who initiated volume production of automobiles in Great Britain; Charles E.
Qxd 7/26/06 2:17 PM Page 24 stagecoach for about a dozen passengers, encouraged city dwellers to move another mile or so farther away from the city centers. 39 The omnibuses caused the star-shaped cities to fill in between their points. This filling-in process was amplified by the first intra-urban rail systems. The primal rail transit systems used horses to pull the cars—“horsecars”— then, in the 1870s, evolved into cable-car systems that used ungainly networks of continuously moving steel cables to move the coaches.
An Illustrated Guide to Battleships and Battlecruisers by John Jordan