Since the first publication of the evolution of American urban society in 1975, urban cities in America have undergone consequential metamorphosis. The history of American cities has undergone a complete change. However, these urban cities have maintained a consistent trend in the consistency of these changes. This has been evident in urban life and in the scholarly focus on the way the American urban society has changed. The book have maintained focus on the social history of urban life, paying attention to the unfolding economic and political processes that have helped shape development in these major cities in America to its dwellers. The book also focused on the contribution of these urban dwellers to the current status of these cities. Bothe the powerful and the ordinary, the majority and the minority have both contributed and influenced the course of urban history.
The later editions have been updated as well, with the recent editions having bibliographies on each chapter. These editions pays a special attention to the issues of ethnicity, race, gender, regional differentials, the involved environment, and the emerging trends in arts and music as well, especially in the cultural perspective in music performance, both in rock and in rap music.
The book has added perspective on the environmental impacts of the cities to the suburbs and the surrounding. The post Second World War cities give a good picture of ethical and racial mix. This has been as a result of immigration trends and the re-institutionalization of segregation and ratio discrimination. This has also shown development in public housing and also in the development of highway policies. The book has also elaborated on sensitivity of the concentrated poverty in the inner-city and its neighborhoods, and also to the costs of hardening barriers between the city and the suburbs. The book has also taken to account sensitive issues relating to the former US administration and the consequences of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
A ride around Denver city in Iowa illustrates an example of what Howard Chudacoff et focused in their analysis of evolution of American urban society. A similar tour taken a century ago would be a completely different story. The ride by bus or by rail bring one into contact with people from across cultures and races, people of different economic status, with different cultural history brought together by modern urban civilization, and can freely interact socially, economically and politically. Comparing to the past centuries as illustrated in the book, a critical decision is essential, especially on ethical and racial minority issues, African American, women, civil war, boss politics, urban politics and reforms among many other modern urban life aspects.
Aspects of technology interact with an urban environment
Technological development in transport and communication has led to improved urban trade on a large scale. Both road and rail transport have eased the movement of people and material goods. In communication, post and telegraph newspapers, magazines radio and television, and wireless communication have greatly developed. This advancement in communication has helped people from different corners of Denver city. This has improved contacts exchange and access of vital information as well.
A lot about technological advancement is evident in Denver city of Iowa. Passengers in both bus and in the train were not just seated and peeping over the window waiting to get to where they were going like it could have been the case back in ages. Majority of them were busy in their mobile phones which are internet enabled, browsing and connecting with members of the society from around the city and around the world as well.
Technology has advanced in different sectors across the city environment. For instance the use of the modern high-speed rail shows how technology has improved the transport sector. This is a development from the former class one rail roads of the 80’s, which is faster means, enabling people to travel faster and save time. The emergence of double deck bases and double cabins has improved passage transport as well by increasing both the number and speed.
Technology has contributed greatly to the industrialization process. This has reflected directly in the agrarian of the modern history, alongside all its circumstances and problems in both economic and social aspects. Industrialization has gone through tremendous growth since the industrial revolution of the 18th century. This growth has a direct association with the factory production system. This has consequently reduced the price of commodities due to automation of many manual operations, which are costly and time consuming.
This has translated into improved quality of products. Traditional skilled labor has declined and a big number of artisans have lost their jobs as well. On the other hand, the gathered profits have been utilized to expand factories, therefore creating additional employment opportunities. This industrialization process has influenced the nature, character and economy growth. This has contributed to growth of cities like Denver as it is clear through observation on the ride around Denver city.
Roles played by the minority groups in urban society
Denver city comprises of people of different races and ethnic backgrounds. Although the majorities are the non-Hispanic white, other races are represented as well. This is inclusive of the Hispanic, Blacks, American Indian, Asians and other minority groups.
Recognition of the minority groups in America takes its roots back from the slave trade ages. After the civil war which was referred to Reconstruction. After this war, the minority groups were equally recognized through the constitutional amendment of the 13th, 14th, and the 15th amendments of the US constitution. After these amendments, the minority groups were guaranteed right of freedom, the right of full citizenship, the right to vote, and the right to participate in economic roles and activities. This has improved their economic status significantly. This has increased the number of middle class blacks significantly in the last two to three decades. This has reduced the overall poverty rate by almost 3%, during the Reagan administration.
Different roles are played by the minority in facilitating the ride round Denver city. From bus drivers, policemen by the road side, the train staff personnel among others. The minority groups, especially the blacks and the Indians were evident in many numbers, from east of Calfax, Aurora city line at Calfox, west of Colfax, and in the Colfax North. The minority groups also played an important role in health sector. From nurses to medical doctors and other hospital attendants, the Denver city appears to be in harmony across its population. Denver is a good example of a modern American city. During the ride around Denver, there was no single incident of any form of discrimination towards the minority groups.
Unlike in the traditional American urban city where the minority groups were marginalized and discriminated in bases of their color, the modern city society has recognized and accepted every person as an equal member to its economic and social well-being.
Some of the major shifts in architecture
In recent years Anglo-American world have been associated with urban design that has gained prominence. Across Denver, there are good examples of artworks and buildings that has combined the key aspects of architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban planning. These buildings have reached in an important way, an important point beyond each of the mentioned disciplines. Touring around Denver gives an Experiencing of the urban place in an outstanding way.
Buildings have combined both old and new architectural idioms; this shows how urban design can make the most of the way that we experience urban space as we maneuver around. Urban designers have occupied a major role in the redevelopment and development of Denver city. They have provided a set of analytical and descriptive tools for working with the tangibles of the built form, landscape, land use, and hard infrastructure. This has helped city developers come up with magnificent structures that really make sense of how people use space critically, to ensure that there is life in between buildings.
The good designing of the majority of the structures has helped in creating a successful environment in a place where people can live, work and play, while liking the place. The place seems is an appetizer to many people. This has appealed both the dwellers and the visitors who visit the city. The city is inclusive of magnificent open air parks for gathering which are well raid down right in the middle of the city. This is one of the major preoccupations of the urban design.
Denver urban strategy has utilized designs that have allowed multiple modes of transport including automobiles, bicycles, team way, and also the pedestrians to coexist without clogging and having to jockey for road space.
Urban developments in Denver have been accelerated by both economic and political transformation. This city has seen the rise of urban design in the field s of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture. This growing prominence is a good reflection of a general recognition that human environment and surroundings are inherently diverse and complex. Urban developers in Denver have brought design interventions that acknowledge local, historical, social, and environmental contexts.