Friday, March 20, 2009

Timetables (6)

Topic: U.S. 1891-1900

1891 The Bronx becomes home to the New York Botanical Garden.

1893 The World's Columbian Exposition is celebrated in Chicago.

1893 Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham's "White City," a model of urban planning, demonstrates everything that city planners have worked toward over the years.

1893 Louisville, Kentucky, builds fieldhouses where city children can play in bad weather.

1894 Manhattan's tenement district has 986.4 people per square acre, the highest population density in the world.

1898 The first U.S. subway begins operation in Boston.

1900 Street railways total more than 20,000 miles.

1900 The effects of immigration and urbanization are evident. In the Northeast, two-thirds of the population is urban, and 23 percent is foreign-born. An additional 28 percent has at least one foreign-born parent. In New York City in 1910, 40 percent of the 4.8 million residents are foreign-born. An additional 38 percent have at least one foreign-born parent.

1900 The population of New York City is 43 times greater than in the year 1800.

1900 Electric trolleys have transformed Boston into a metropolis, encompassing 31 towns in a ten-mile radius, and more than 1 million residents.

1900 A hurricane and tiday wave destroy Galveston, Texas. When the mayor and alderman prove unable to cope with the emergency, businessmen propose a new form of city government by a board of commissioners.

to be continued:


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