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How did industrialization change the economy?

How did industrialization change the economy?


School: University of Washington
Department: Urban Studies
Course: Intro to Urbanization
Professor: Mark purcell
Term: Spring 2018
Tags: Urban, Planning, and Urbanization
Cost: 50
Name: URBDP 200 midterm review
Description: topics from lecture overviews of readings
Uploaded: 04/23/2018
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How did industrialization change the economy?


- Industrialization 

- the process of coming to have radically better production technologies that enable an economy to produce vastly  more manufactured goods

- production of economic wealth in certain places in the world  

- began in England in 1700s 

- J curve vs. S curve  

- J curve  

- total world population was steadily increasing then shot up around 1800 

- total urban population was increasing since around 1700 then shot up around 1900 

- S curve  

What was the cause of the exponential increase in population that occurred after the 1800s?

- % urban is steady until industrialization, increase rapidly for a time, then levels out near 100% urban - Divisions of Labor 

- urbanization in the Global North (1500-1970) 

- Old International Division of Labor (OIDL) Don't forget about the age old question of How is hotspot related to plate tectonics?
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- raw materials from the rural South to the urban North — colonialism 

- why did the OIDL break down? 

- agglomeration economies - 1970s 

- when you have a lot of industry in one place, costs rise — wages, land regulations, etc Don't forget about the age old question of What comorbidities are associated with obesity?

- costs were lower in the Sunbelt of the US 

Why is there a new international division of labor?

- de-urbanization of the northeastern US, urbanization of the southern US 

- ex/ Detroit becoming less industrialized, northern border of Mexico is becoming industrialized  - industrialization jumps around to wherever is cheaper  

- urbanization follows  

- rapid industrialization —> rapid de-industrialization 

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- New International Division of Labor (NIDL) 

- industrial manufacturing shifts to the urban South  

- Origins of Cities 

- agricultural surplus 

- agricultural revolution —> surplus —> division of labor —> cities 

- shift from hunters/gatherers to agriculturalists —> surplus —> specialization —> reliance on countryside for food  - divisions of labor  

- no division — everyone does everything for themselves, people are spread out  

- full division — each person does one specific task, people live closer together  

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- technologies invented to keep track of the surplus  

- writing, math, meteorology, astronomy, agricultural improvements, hydrology  

- trade between cities  

- trading cities  

- surplus —> division of labor —> cities —> agricultural revolution  

- surplus of valuable resource to trade — not agricultural  

- you need development in cities to invent agriculture 

- cities gather up human potential — human potential increases 

- increasing technology leads to trade which increases specialization which further increases trade  - equal city-states engage in mutually beneficial trade


- Greece and Rome 

- Greece (~750-300 BC) 

- trading system between Greek city-states and other Mediterranean outposts 

- system of cities on the coast line 

- Rome (~200 CE) 

- military relationship — everywhere they conquered, they urbanized If you want to learn more check out Which is the best definition of sovereignty?

- Roman metropolis — 1 million people 

- city plans 

- gridded, walled, efficient — military technology 

- controlled the surrounding countryside  

- ultimate urban empire  

- Medieval de-urbanization (~400-1300 CE) 

- after the fall of the Roman Empire (~400 CE), towns don’t have a purpose anymore 

- de-urbanization — ~400-500 CE 

- ruralization of the population around large villas organized around feudal estates 

- feudal estates 

- focused economic production in rural areas 

- self-sufficient — agricultural goods produced there was consumed there  

- peasants/serfs were bound to the village  

- feudal market town 

- some surplus is traded with other estates — small operations  

- Commercial cities (~1300-1750 CE) 

- larger towns/cities (Paris, Milan, London, Venice, Prague) pop up on the coasts, near rivers - trade is the main economic activity  

- cities became places where rural peasants could escape to 

- emerged through trade 

- bought things cheap, sold them for profit 

- ex/ Italy traded with China, the Middle East 

- cities in the North had agricultural goods in bulk  

- pre-industrial manufacturing  

- production from raw materials for profit  

- small-scale, in house by hand 

- minimal technology  

- workers and merchants all lived in one house — vertical social stratification  

- feudalism —> capitalism  

- rural agriculture —> urban trading 

- surplus as insurance —> surplus as productive force 

- surplus if it comes up —> surplus as the whole point 

- feudal lords —> merchants, bourgeoisie  

- Industrial cities—> urbanization (~1750-now) 

- Industrial Revolution — 1760-80 in England  

- new manufacturing technologies —fossil fuels 

- coal, steam engine, machines, metal, factories  

- How? 

- sources of investment 

- surplus from commercial cities — investing in machinery to increase productivity  

- surplus from colonial extraction — slave trade/raw materials = wealth


- sources of cheap raw materials  

- coal and iron ore — industrialization started near coal fields  

- colonial extraction — cheap raw materials from the colonies  

- sources of cheap labor  

- rural Britain 

- Enclosure Movement — privatizing rural common lands — rural people move to urban factories  - textile technology — commercial —> industrial  

- shift from single-person looms to steam-powered looms in factories  

- mass production 

- huge factories needed lots of workers 

- rural workers move to urban factories — women and children were cheaper  

- spread of industry  

- doesn’t necessarily spread to already commercial cities  

- spreads to places where industrialization is possible first  

- based on proximity to materials, transportation, etc 

- urban form — factories, slums, segregation  

- the factory is the focal point of the city  

- workers live around the factory in slums  

- extremely dense, problems with sanitation, disease, etc  

- industrialization happened so fast, slums were unplanned  

- multiple families lived in one building — whole families in single rooms 

- Suburbanization (mid-20th century- now) 

- in commercial cities, workers and merchants all lived together in the city 

- in industrial cities, the upper classes (bourgeoisie) began to leave the city 

- the further out you moved from the city, the more transportation you would need to get to the city  - sprawl 

- US cities are exemplars of suburbanization 

- spike in sprawl after WWI, WWII, 1970 

- by 2000, 51% of the US population lived in suburbs  

- automobile production — 1940s-80s 

- assembly line —> mass production 

- increasing supply, decreasing price  

- starfish pattern 

- streetcar tracks radiate from the city center 

- zones of development around the tracks 

- ‘hub-and-spoke’ layout of interstate highways surrounding the residential areas 

- what causes it? 

- economic stimulus 

- Depression —> unemployment, homelessness 

- 1934 Housing Act (FHA) 

- stimulate house lending, buying, building 

- federal government insured mortgages, lended to more people  

- building new houses on the outskirts of cities  

- mass production of housing — developers 

- the government pushed for more and more housing starts 

- happened in the outskirts of cities where there was cheap and open land 

- developers built 30 houses a day


- infrastructure — government 

- needed roads to get from the suburbs to the city 

- electrical/water systems, sewers 

- demand for homeownership shows status, upward mobility 

- suburban way of life is the antithesis of the industrial city  

- who? 

- white middle class — able to pay off loans 

- white flight — after a certain percentage of the neighborhood becomes non-white, white people move  elsewhere, pushing the suburbanized white population further away from the city center

- commercial areas followed suit later — 1970s-80s — strip malls 

- industry followed later because of better infrastructure  

- External Economies 

- external savings/benefits 

- things happening outside beyond your control that still impact you 

- ex/ city lowers taxes, firm pays less 

- agglomerations  

- when businesses cluster together leading to good economies or bad economies  

- Agglomeration Economies — PULL BUSINESSES IN 

- initial advantage of the city — port, access to raw materials, good reputation, etc 

- positive feedback loop — cumulative causation 

- initial investment 

- other firms are then attracted to that city  

- companies can keep an eye on each other, manufacturers want to be close to their suppliers  - leads to new investment 

- skilled labor is attracted to the city by the available work 

- more companies are attracted by the available labor 

- housing, retail, tax bases are boosted by newcomers 

- leads to new investment in housing, retail, restaurants, etc 

- increasing tax base is used to improve infrastructure  

- leads to more new investment 

- agglomeration economies in city A create ‘take-off’ 

- positive feedback makes city A richer 

- capital, labor, and taxes are sucked out of city B into city A — Backwash Effects — makes city B poorer - Agglomeration Diseconomies — PUSH BUSINESSES AWAY 

- investment agglomeration —> increased demand for land, labor, infrastructure  

- land — rents go up, costs of doing business go up 

- labor — wages go up 

- overburdened infrastructure — need higher taxes to support new infrastructure  

- leads to disinvestment, no new investment  

- shift from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt 

- industry left places like Detroit, Pittsburgh because wages, taxes, and regulations increased - industry shifted to places in the southern US and northern Mexico where wages, taxes, and regulations were  lower

- investment is leaving cities in the Global North and shifting to the Global South


- Global shift from OIDL to NIDL 

- Global North = still rich and urban, but de-industrializing  

- Global South = still poor, but some places are industrializing, and therefore urbanizing  

- Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, India, China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia  

- very chaotic — investment comes for a few years then leaves for cheaper places  

- Effects of de-industrialization in the Global North  

- devastation 

- cities that don’t come back as a new city/economy 

- ex/ Detroit; Youngstown, Ohio 

- adaptation 

- cities that still have some industrial investment, but also find new economic activities  

- post-industrial cities — Seattle, NY, LA, Chicago  

- Dual Cities  

- shift of social structure in cities — bigger differentiation between rich and poor  

- before the shift, the middle income bracket had the most people 

- high wage manufacturing jobs  

- white and black, males, unionized, good benefits — cars, steel, oil 

- after the shift, the middle income bracket declined and most people were either too poor or too rich - low wage service jobs  

- non-white, male and female, non-unionized, few benefits — retail, cleaning, delivery, restaurant - high wage service jobs 

- white, male, good benefits — law, accounting, medicine, insurance, banking — need education - low wage manufacturing  

- non-white, male and female, non-unionized, few benefits — textile, processed food, electronics  - polarized, rich vs. poor 

- inequality, fear 

- new union movements in low wage sectors 

- janitors, hotel-restaurant workers 

- has had some impact on raising wages, tighter regulations



- Mumford 

- draws on Aristotle  

- “Anyone who can not form a community with others… is no part of a polis — he is either a beast or a god” - humans are city creatures — cities are places where you become a good human being  

- we should engage each other in a cooperative friendly relationship in the city  

- rational dialogue on justice — what is a good city? 

- by doing this we will reach our purpose as human beings 

- logos (dialogue) —> dike (justice) —> eudaemonia (happiness) 

- when you’re around others, you become civilized  

- urbanitas = urbane = cultured/refined/civilized = civitas = citizen = city 

- adds drama to Aristotle  

- social facts are primary — physical organization of the city is subservient to social needs 

- cities are planned for effective social intercourse  

- face to face interaction; frequent, direct meeting 

- the economy is not the point of the city  

- social intercourse — dialogue on what the good city should be 

- size, density, area limitations  

- deliberate localization 

- cities need to be small enough for effective social intercourse 

- Wirth 

- city life is superficial, impersonal, competitive, diverse, tolerant, sophisticated, etc 

- shallow relationships —> not much emotional importance  

- properties of the city  

- large population  

- leads to diversity of roles, segregation of land uses/people 

- dense 

- diverse people close together leads to competition, mutual exploitation 

- heterogeneous 

- people are part of several different groups but don’t have deep connections to them 

- emergence of the average  

- tendency toward the average  

- organizations do things in a way that works for the greatest amount of people  

- flattening of individuality  

- the individual becomes secular, fractured — interpersonal bonds are thin 

- Davis 

- urban (city) growth — the number of people who live in cities is growing  

- urbanization 

- a rise in the proportion of the total population of some area concentrated in urban settlements  - causes 

- natural increase in cities 

- rural places become urban 

- rural-to-urban migration  

- urbanization can end while cities keep growing  

- urban growth in the global south is increasing dramatically  

- we’re becoming an urban species, forcing people into increasingly large cities (megacities) - we are becoming like insects


- Childe 

- agricultural surplus theory 

- surpluses in early cities allowed skilled non-agriculturalists to specialize in other trades and crafts - different technologies were invented to keep track of the surplus — math, writing, meteorology, hydrology - specialists in the cities relied on agriculturalists in the hinterlands for food  

- city-states started to trade with one another  

- Engels 

- industrialization leads to segregation 

- Manchester in the mid-19th century  

- in commercial cities, merchants and workers would all live in the city 

- with industrialization, thousands of people moved from rural areas to the city 

- in industrial cities, workers lived near the factory in slums while the bourgeoisie lived outside the city  - slums were extremely dense and had horrible problems with sanitation and disease  

- critical of capitalism  

- large size and density lead to individualism, self-interest, competition, segregation, prioritization of the economic  aspect of the city  

- Knox 

- suburbanization  

- spike in sprawl after WWI, WWII, and 1970 

- decreasing overall density, especially in the city center — people moved further and further out - why? 

- rise of the automobile industry, transportation 

- mass production, increasing supply, decreasing price  

- new and better roads  

- post-WWII baby boom — ideal of the American family —> homeownership  

- post-WWII GI Bill, government encouragement to buy homes 

- mass production of housing 

- zoning laws — developers were able to sort out whole parts of the city for housing 

- starfish pattern  

- streetcar tracks radiate from the city center 

- housing is clustered around the streetcar tracks 

- new highways run from the residential areas out of the city — ‘hub-and-spoke’ layout of interstate highways - retail and commercial followed residential suburbanization, then industrial due to improved infrastructure  - Archer 

- agglomeration economies  

- initial investment in a particular place leads to new investment 

- new labor is attracted by the available work 

- new investment is attracted by the available labor 

- housing, retail, tax bases increased by newcomers  

- leads to new residential, retail, commercial, infrastructure investment 

- positive feedback loops 

- agglomeration diseconomies  

- investment agglomeration —> increased demand for land, labor, infrastructure —> disinvestment - land — rents go up, costs of doing business go up 

- labor — wages go up 

- overburdened infrastructure — need higher taxes to support new infrastructure

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