Posts Tagged ‘railroads’

  • In a transportation infrastructure, roads and streets play a different economic role.

    What’s the Economic Difference Between a Street and a Road?

    May 23, 14 • 359 Views • No Comments

    Our story starts outside of Cleveland during the beginning of the 20th century. With the 4,000 acres that Oris P. and Mantis J. Van Sweringen purchased from the Society of Shakers, the 2 brothers decided to create a planned suburban community. Combining...  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    Urban Pollution

    Dec 2, 12 • 1787 Views • No Comments

    When we worry about the impact of autos on the environment, perhaps we should remember the horse. In 1880, the horse population in Manhattan and Brooklyn was somewhere between 150,000-175,000 and growing. A basic part of city life, horsecar rides totalled...  [read more]

  • Self-interest represents the seeds that blossom into economic growth.

    Job Creators or Robber Barons?

    Oct 3, 12 • 312 Views • 2 Comments

    I have confessed before that I admire the entrepreneurs who have been called the robber barons. Carnegie and steel, Rockefeller and oil, J.J. Hill and railroads, Morgan and money. These men and others from their 19th century world competed lethally. On the...  [read more]

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    On Time Again

    Aug 31, 11 • 281 Views • No Comments

    Have you ever thought about the difference that a clock makes? Described in The Geography of Time, a pre-clock world meant you could not say, “I will meet you at 12:30 for lunch” or “Your workday is 9-5.” By the 1820s, though,...  [read more]