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1900s Skyscrapers & Slums

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This basically discusses urbanization in the United States.

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1900s Skyscrapers & Slums

  1. 1. Urbanization
  2. 2. Skyscrapers  Skyscrapers were invented in the US during the 1870s in Chicago and New York  The building materials are structural iron and steel, instead of masonry  Builders had to face high risks such as: demanding standards for safety, wind sheer, ventilation, and internal transportation.  By the end of the century, skyscrapers were understood to be steel buildings
  3. 3.  Between 1902 and 1931, New York was in a competition to build the highest structure in the world.  The size and height were controversial issues  Downsides to the skyscrapers: concentrated people into certain locations, weakened the sense of the neighborhood, no sunlight, transportation becomes difficult, and city becomes crowded and impersonal
  4. 4. Slums urbanization and immigration gave newcomers very little options about living space Slums were everywhere in each major city in the US People would crowd into tenements, apartment buildings that had few comforts
  5. 5. By 1900 slums became a common occurrence in the United States One to two family houses were subdivided to fit up to 32 families in one living space Because of the unsanitary conditions diseases and reduced life expectancy was common in Urban Life

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